Happiness At Work survey for people who support the development of academic researchers reveals a generally positive picture

05/06/2013

Report from a survey conducted at the last Vitae conference, suggests that overall happiness among those responsible for the development of researchers is above the national average, although there is still room for improvement.

The picture is generally positive, with creativity and the absence of boring work being the areas which scored highest on the survey. Being trusted by their manager, job security, learning new skills, being able to influence decisions, motivation, working at a good organisation and being fairly paid all scored highly.

Notably, overall happiness was 5.3, higher than the UK average of and people also had an above-average experience of work, specifically a feeling of doing worthwhile work and a sense of progress.

Relationships with their managers were good, but their view of management overall – both of their teams and their institution – was less good.

Worryingly, many felt their jobs were stressful and the lowest score of all was given when respondents were asked whether their job was achievable. 

The survey, carried out at the annual Vitae Researcher Development International Conference - www.vitae.ac.uk/conference2013, asked 95 people questions about their happiness at work.

The report is available here.

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