Workers back Labour to improve workplace happiness

In the run up to the 2017 General Election, Labour is the political party deemed most likely to positively affect working lives.

A recent survey by Office Genie reveals Labour is deemed the party with the most potential to affect working lives for the better. When asked which party they believe would have the most positive impact on their working life, 36 per cent of respondents chose Labour. The Conservatives were second choice, at 32 per cent, and the Liberal Democrats were far behind at 11 per cent.

In terms of negative impact, the Conservatives were rated most likely to negatively impact working lives at 35 per cent. Labour was seen as offering significantly less damage at 23 per cent. The Liberal Democrats came in at five per cent.

Given the latest polls and the Conservatives lead, our findings demonstrate a potential disparity between which party people will vote for and which they believe will have the most positive effect on their working life.

More than half of Britain’s working population (56 per cent) believe political parties should place a ‘moderate’ amount of importance on workplace-related policy and 16 per cent think it should hold ‘significant’ importance.

With the Conservatives’ expansion of workers rights and Labour’s pledge to raise the National Minimum Wage, it is clear both parties believe workplace policy is of high significance to voters. But other issues are more likely to influence voters: we found the top three were policies relating to the NHS, the cost of living, and Brexit.

If a party were to offer a 4-day work week, nearly half (49 per cent) of respondents said it would be likely to influence their vote. A similar number (46 per cent) said a 6-hour work day would also impact their voting choice.

Further reading on employee happiness

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Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Owen Gough

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the Smallbusiness.co.uk and Growthbusiness.co.uk titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the Express.co.uk.

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