Irish workers unhappy, but productive

Irish workers are more productive than most but the majority are unhappy with their jobs and many find their work-life balance challenging, a study shows.

Irish workers unhappy, but productive

Research conducted by Qualtrics, a US research company with European headquarters in Dublin, reveals that, compared to other countries, the Irish worker has above-average levels of personal productivity at work.

The Irish say that 67.3% of hours worked are productive compared to Germany (72% of hours) and Italy which reported less than half (48.5%) of hours worked being productive.

Results of the 2016 Global Attitudes Toward Work Report, which provides insights into what is important to workers in Ireland and globally, found that while Irish workers have relatively high productivity levels, they also exhibit low concern for punctuality.

More Irish people are dissatisfied with their job (51.2%) than those who are “extremely or moderately satisfied” (48.8%). The Germans, French, and Americans all report the highest levels of satisfaction with their jobs at just over 64%.

When asked about work-life balance, the French and Americans report the greatest satisfaction with 68% stating they are extremely or moderately satisfied compared to 50.5% of Irish workers and the Greeks, who report the lowest levels of satisfaction (36%).

Qualtrics gathered, analysed, and compared responses from approximately 6,250 respondents in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and US. Questions asked regarded work issues ranging from productivity and motivation, to work-life balance and punctuality, management, work attire, and job hunting.

“Considering work is such an integral part of a person’s life, a country’s collective satisfaction at work says a lot about how satisfied its people are overall,” says Dermot Costello, managing director at Qualtrics Ireland. “This is why it’s so important to understand what employees are looking for and how to keep them engaged.”

He added: “This survey shows big differences and some surprising similarities between how people in various countries view their jobs and their motivations to work. With the presence of so many large multinational companies here, we now have a more diverse workforce in Ireland, so this report will be valuable for marketers, recruiters, and business leaders looking for a deeper understanding of people on a country-by-country basis.”

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