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Many care professionals have fallen out of love with their jobs, according to recent research from independent job site CV-Library. In fact, almost half (41.9%) confessed that they aren’t happy in their current roles, despite 91.7% believing that it’s important to love what you do.

The survey of over 1,200 workers sought to reveal how professionals felt about their current jobs.  Despite many being unhappy in their roles, over two thirds (67.4%) of care workers agreed that quitting isn’t always the best solution. When asked to identify why they dislike their position, respondents across the industry cited various reasons, with the most common being not enough pay (66.7%). Then came poor company culture (51.1%), closely followed by working hours (50%). Other reasons included poor work-life balance (33.3%) and a boring daily routine (27.8%).

Lee Biggins, Founder and Managing Director of CV-Library, commented: “It’s worrying to learn that so many care professionals are unhappy in their current roles. Job satisfaction plays an important part of keeping staff motivated and productive. As an employer, it’s vital that you are able to spot the signs of dissatisfaction or low morale and combat these issues right away. Tackling these early on can help to get staff back on track and start enjoying their work again.

“It’s clear that company culture, pay and progression are important to professionals in the industry. Be sure that you’re offering fair and competitive packages and that these tie in with creating a great working environment. Hosting social events is a great way to help staff blow off steam and build good relationships with their co-workers. This also goes a long way towards creating a great company culture.”

Interestingly, 51% of care professionals said that you should always take positive steps to try and make things better before you give up on your job. Respondents revealed what they believe are the top ways to address problems at work, with speaking to your manager (67.4%) coming out on top. This was followed by reflecting on what’s making you unhappy (53.5%), adopting a better work-life balance (27.9%) and speaking to trusted colleagues (25.6%).

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