Self-employed workers ‘are more fulfilled’

Posted 11th May 2018 in For Businesses For Workers

People who work for themselves are more likely to feel happy and fulfilled than their counterparts who work for companies, according to new research.

The study was carried out by a team at the Universities of Sheffield and Exeter and involved 5,000 workers in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand.

Participants came from a variety of different sectors and included people who were self-employed as well as those who were traditionally employed.

It was found that the self-employed were significantly more likely to report feeling more engaged with their work and more rewarded by it than those who worked for others.

This was despite the fact that the self-employed were also more likely to be working longer hours with less job security.

Least satisfied with their jobs were those who were employed and in non-managerial roles.

The happiness generated by self-employment was attributed to better opportunities to innovate, the achievement that came from challenging targets and pride at meeting high standards.

Writing in the journal Work, Employment and Society, co-author of the research Professor Peter Warr said: “Professional workers who are self-employed really value the autonomy they have. They really get to use their own expertise, so don’t seem to mind working long hours. They have the freedom to innovate, express their own views, have influence beyond their own role and compete with other companies and people.”

It comes after research by Crunch found that self-employed people work an average of 14 more hours per week than traditional workers.

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