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International Day of Happiness 2023: why being happy at work matters


With International Day of Happiness (20 March) just around the corner, we’ve been surprised to learn that searches for ‘how to be happy at work’ soared by 163% between December and February. At Lem-uhn we believe that everyone should find happiness at work, especially as we will all spend roughly over 81,000 hours in work in our lifetime.


We think that people are keener than ever to prioritise happiness in their careers. Against a backdrop of global upheaval and events like the aftermath of the pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine War and the cost of living crisis, many of us are feeling the effects of this uncertainty and we are increasingly considering ways we can improve our relationships with our 9-5. Between February 2022 and February 2023, there was a 300% spike in searches for ‘how to avoid burnout’. In addition, searches for ‘work-life balance’ grew by 192% alone from December to February of this year.


Around the world happiness at work is becoming a highly sought-after goal. We’ve analysed the world’s regions to reveal which 20 countries are searching the most for ‘work-life balance’. The top three countries searching for ‘work-life balance’ are the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Singapore suggesting the countries are suffering the most in need of a better work-life balance. With the UK ranking in 20th place, this data suggests that many Brits are also feeling the bite of unhappy workplaces.



Rank

The top countries searching for ‘work-life balance’

1

Philippines

2

Sri Lanka

3

Singapore

4

Kenya

5

Nigeria

6

Nepal

7

Malaysia

8

Hong Kong

9

United Arab Emimrates

10

Poland

11

Australia

12

Canada

13

South Africa

14

Ireland

15

India

16

Vietnam

17

Pakistan

18

Belgium

19

United States

20

United Kingdom

As workplaces continue to evolve it’s clear that many businesses should be doing more to boost wellbeing. At Lem-uhn we understand this and it is why we are always finding new ways to create a genuinely happier type of work environment. Everyone in our team works their set hours only and all staff benefit from a range of initiatives which include two Wellness Days and 10 days of paid leave per year for menstruation, menopause discomfort or in the event of a miscarriage.


This International Day of Happiness why not reflect on why being happy at work matters to you? Work makes up such a big part of our lives after all and everyone should have the chance to take genuine enjoyment from it. Remember there are always people to talk to and for further resources and tips on how to be mentally healthy at work, why not read this useful guide from Mind.

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