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Are self-employed people the happier ones? Here’s what this research says

Working with a team adds to growth of an organisation but does it really help if a major chunk of responsibility is placed on the shoulders of a single person?

Well, recent studies that have recently come to light show that people who are self-employed have a better satisfaction and growth rate to those who are regular employees.

After collecting and observing data of approximately 5000 workers, a team of British researchers concluded that people who are self-employed tend to have a more successful and satisfied outcome in their career. With a content output, they also have better opportunities for innovation.

Author professor Peter Warr, of the University of Sheffield, said, “Professional workers who are self-employed really value the autonomy they have. They have the freedom to innovate, express their own views, have influence beyond their own role and compete with other companies and people.”

As an individual, self-employed personnel really get to utilize their full potential so they don’t mind working longer hours than average regular employees. They like to challenge themselves as the outcome is really fulfilling.

“They have the freedom to innovate, express their own views, have influence beyond their own role and compete with other companies and people”

The study also stated that people who are self-employed feel more in control, which brings out in them more confidence, as the result of any project lies solely on their shoulders.

Co-author professor Ilke Inceoglu from the University of Exeter further explained that self-employed workers typically experience more career satisfaction because they feel that any milestone they achieve is entirely down to their own individual efforts.

This study was published in the Journal Work, Employment and society under the title, Work orientations, well-being and job content of self-employed and employed professionals.

 

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