Can we be happy within our work?

By Ella Bukbardis

It’s probably pretty sad that when I think about ‘work’, I think of the type of work that you’re parents get up for every day, put on a suit, and then leave for a 9 to 5 slog in order to receive a good income. I honestly think of drab, grey, depression. But what would I know? The only work I’ve ever known is my part-time job at a minor supermarket on weekends. However, it’s been discovered by Tony Mernagh, the chief executive director at the Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership, that in fact ‘UK workers are apparently unhappier than international peers in countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium, the Us, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.’ But why the UK? Whilst looking at Economic Partner website, under the ‘Coastal South East’ as ‘characterized by unique environmental assets and a string of distinctive coastal cities and towns, but with one or two exceptions (e.g. Brighton & Hove) it is an area that has seen continued economic and social decline.’ Which means Brighton is off the hook in the work related social decline, yet the many town surrounding us continue to struggle.

Tony Mernagh was also quoted announcing that ‘it is a good time to ask if growth in the economy should be delivering happiness’. I personally think the important points to remember in your workplace, which will help you become happy in an environment which you are not, are that you should attach meaning to your work, even the most insignificant tasks. Although when you see something as being pointless and beyond your control, it’s then when it takes away your work pride. People should always remember that their own thoughts are always within their control and they’re not entirely under the possession of their work, but they should take all the thanks and appreciation they get for the acknowledgement for work. However, as well as convincing yourself the work you do is worthwhile, you have to be ambitious in improving your work and to do that you need to notice what you don’t like and how you can change it, for a while at least you will have to give without expecting loads in return. I feel that if the public can be happy in a place they will spend the majority of their working life in, their work on the whole will improve and increase popularity thus hopefully gaining economic growth in the UK.

The Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership are hosting a free event on the ‘pursuit of happiness in work’ with The Argus newspaper at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel on December 3rd 5pm-8pm. To book a place, go to:


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