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How tech recruiters can help tackle the workplace happiness problem

 

The tech scene is thriving. It's innovative and each month brings new ideas to the global stage. Yet new research shows that the people actually doing the innovating are not as happy as you'd expect.

 

At some level, it's no wonder. I’ve seen firsthand the high-performance expectations, enormous pressure to evolve continuously and, to top it all off, endless hours every day spent staring at a screen.

 

And now, this lack of satisfaction is starting to impact the ability of companies to attract and retain top tech talent.

 

According to the Technically Happy report, Halcyon Knights found that main drivers of happiness in tech employees include feeling respected, feeling empowered and being surrounded by positive attitudes and behaviours.

 

Unrealistic expectations and workload are considered the biggest obstacles to happiness and 40% of people cite discrimination or bullying based on identity as something bringing them down in the office.

 

We also found the vast majority of Australia's tech workforce boasted average happiness levels of just only 6/10. Significantly below the global average of 8/10 for workplace satisfaction.