A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my big dream of one day being my own boss. I currently work in a high school doing a job I love. So why would I want to change this? In all honesty, I would love to be able to work from home full time, to be able to have my children at home or be able to attend that special assembly. It’s something that I feel is incredibly important as a parent and something that I can’t currently do in my current job. Having said that, I’m incredibly lucky that I do have fantastic employers who are understanding and sympathetic when it comes to my mum duties too. However, not everyone is so lucky.
New research by Hayward Baker reveals that many British workers are currently working in poor conditions that are leading workers to feel stressed or even develop illness or injury due to unsafe or unsanitary conditions. Shocking really when you think in today’s day and age this is something that is a basic necessity, but clearly some employers just are not getting right. At 2.1 million of British workers (that’s 69%) claim that their workplace to be a health hazard. Hayward Barker have put together this rather shocking infographic on the topic also.
It appears that for some, working from home is a much healthier and safer place for workers. So, does this mean that managers are failing their employers? Or do we have a culture of put up with conditions due to fear of losing our job? This is something that I certainly hope isn’t the case, employee’s wellbeing should be at the forefront of employers minds. A happy worker is a productive worker is my motto.
So what can you do if you’re unhappy in the workplace?
The first this would be to arrange a meeting with your employer/line manager. This is a part of their jobs to ensure that you’re happy within the workplace and should welcome any concerns or worries you have about the workplace. However, if you feel like you can’t turn to your employer/line manager for whatever reason you could speak to your Union Rep if you have one or speak to citizens advice.
Speak to your GP if you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Your mental health is important. Your GP could give you some tips on how to cope with your workload or advice you if you need time off. Never down play your mental health.
If an incident has already occurred which has resulted in injury due to your employers neglect then you really should look into personal injury compensation. You can use and personal injury compensation calculator to work out how much you could potential win.
My last piece of advise would be to make sure you don’t just ‘put up’, your happiness and wellbeing is important and never should be taken for granted.
Do you have any tips for unhappy workers?
Mummy B xoxox
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