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How to fall in love with work again in 2020

Abigail Fenton
·Writer
Photo: Csaba Balazs/Unsplash
Over half of Brits (55%) feel work is the most important thing in their life right now. Photo: Csaba Balazs/Unsplash

It’s only a matter of weeks until the New Year rolls in and January is always one of the busiest months for job hunting.

Based on data from over 6,000 professionals across the nation and research studies from the past 12 months, jobs site CV-Library has uncovered some key areas that professionals should be focusing on in 2020 in order to fall in love with work again.

Fight for the right salary. Three quarters (74.9%) of Brits haven’t even had a formal pay review meeting in the past year, CV-Library’s data shows. Plus, nearly two-thirds of Brits (65.8%) don’t know how to ask their employer for a pay rise. So, brush up on this if you want to earn a good wage.

READ MORE: 4 things to do if you love your job but hate your boss

Strike a good balance. Despite 98% of Brits believing that work-life balance is important, over a third (37%) of the nation’s professionals admitted they don’t have a good work-life balance themselves. How can you improve yours in 2020?

Eliminate the stress. Seven in 10 (68%) Brits say their job makes them feel stressed, and employees in the social care (86%), recruitment (82%), and sales (79%) industries are the most affected. Sound familiar? Speak to your employer or a medical professional.

Look after your mental health. Three-quarters (74%) of professionals claim that work is damaging their mental health and a further 53% said their workplace doesn’t do enough to support employees. Think about the positive changes you can make.

READ MORE: Why leaving work on time is good for your career

Find a job you love. Over half (56%) of Brits aren’t happy in their current jobs, with the most common reasons being they aren’t paid enough (43%), there’s no room for progression (39%), and the company culture is poor (33%).

Secure the right workplace perks. Two thirds (65.6%) of Brits don’t receive workplace perks and benefits. Employers should be offering these to “sweeten the deal.” Plus remember that you can negotiate on these if the pay falls short of what you were expecting.

Prioritise your life. The majority of Brits (55%) feel work is the most important thing in their life right now, with only 14% prioritising their social life and 12% their love life. What areas are you prioritising in your life right now?

READ MORE: What men and women love about work

Lee Biggins, CEO of CV-Library said: “Every year, we survey the nation’s workers to understand what makes them tick at work. These insights are extremely valuable as they enable us to provide practical advice to other professionals across the UK.

“If you’re keen to fall in love with your job again in 2020, these key areas might be good points to focus on as a starting point.”