THE self-employed are happier at work — despite longer hours and more job uncertainty, a study suggests.People who were their own boss had more freedom and control, said the research into 5,000 people in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand. Getty - Contributor The study covered a wide...
THE self-employed are happier at work — despite longer hours and more job uncertainty, a study suggests.
People who were their own boss had more freedom and control, said the research into 5,000 people in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand.
The study looked at everyone from shop floor workers to directors in sectors including health, finance and education.
The study found that those who were self-employed were among the most engaged.
They also experienced greater opportunities for innovation, achieving challenging targets and meeting high standards. Non-managerial company workers were the least satisfied and engaged, researchers found.
Study co-author Professor Peter Warr, from the University of Sheffield, said: “Professional workers who are self-employed really value their autonomy.
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They have the freedom to innovate, express their own views and have influence beyond their role and compete with other companies and people.
“They get to use their expertise, so don’t seem to mind working long hours.
“They can find meeting high standards really fulfilling.”
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