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International Day of Happiness: the impact of happiness at work
20 Mar 2024 | Words by the Star People Recruitment Team

Today is International Day of Happiness. Established since 2012 by the UN, today recognises the importance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of people globally.

One area where happiness should be a top priority is in our careers. We spend a significant portion of our waking lives at work, so it’s essential to find fulfillment and joy in our jobs. However, if you are unhappy and unsatisfied at your current workplace, it may be time to consider finding a new opportunity that is a better fit. Staying in an unfulfilling job can negatively impact your mental health, relationships, and overall quality of life.

This is where we come in.

In the UK, fewer than half (49%), of employees reported being satisfied with their job in 2022, according to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). If you’ve reached the point where finding a new job is necessary for your happiness, working with a specialist recruiter can be extremely beneficial.

At Star People, our consultants have inside knowledge of different companies, roles, and work cultures across pharma, medtech and biotech. From graduate to executive level, they match our candidates’ skills, values and personality to positions that may be a great fit. Our expertise helps take the guesswork out of finding a workplace that will be a source of joy rather than dread.

Thank you so much to Alice for making what can be a stressful transition into a new position a really positive experience. Your efforts are really appreciated.

Star People candidate

Beyond just identifying promising job opportunities, Star People consultants can provide you with invaluable advice to position yourself as an ideal candidate. From CV guidance to interview coaching, to salary negotiation assistance, our consultants are 100% motivated to help you land a great new role that leaves you more satisfied and happier.

The benefits of being happy at work cannot be overstated. When we are content with our jobs, we tend to be more productive, creative, engaged and collaborative. We go the extra mile, and our overall performance and contributions increase. This pays dividends not just for our employers, but for our own career growth and sense of purpose.

Perhaps most importantly, having a job we enjoy allows us to feel more fulfilled in our personal lives as well. When work doesn’t cause added stress and burnout, we have more energy for family, friends, and personal interests. Our relationships and overall health and wellness tend to thrive when we don’t hate our jobs. In the UK, 24% of workers did not feel able to maintain a healthy work-life balance, according to the CIPD.

I’m very grateful for Sarah as without her I wouldn’t have landed the dream job I currently have with a company whose values I absolutely love.

Star People candidate

You spend too much of your life at work to be miserable. Prioritise your happiness and you’ll reap the benefits, both professionally and personally. With 33% of UK workers feeling unmotivated at work (2022), taking steps to find a job you genuinely enjoy should be a top consideration.

International Day of Happiness serves as a reminder that finding joy and satisfaction in your work should be a priority.

If your current role leaves you perpetually unhappy and unfulfilled, consider getting in touch with our fantastic team.

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