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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Happy at work? You must be joking!

The LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance has published the results of a survey using smartphone technology to map real time responses on well being of workers while at work. The data contains more than a million observations on tens of thousands of individuals in the UK, collected on a ‘Mappiness App’ since August 2010. The research finds that paid work is ranked 'lower than any of the other 39 activities people engage in, with the exception of being sick in bed' and, unsurprisingly to trade unionists, ‘precisely how unhappy or anxious someone is while working depends on the circumstances’ such as working hours, location, lone working and so on: