Eating together is one of our most sociable activities and occasions, but according to new research from LooseEnds, an app to help reboot your socialising, those who work within the food industry tend to be the least sociable outside of work.
With 49% of the Hospitality industry saying that they are unhappy with their social lives, it seems that long and unsociable hours could be to blame, and it’s a plight shared by those within the various Medical professions (43%). Being too busy and too tired has a significant impact on social satisfaction – an inference borne out by the remainder of the top five professions with the lowest social satisfaction:
- 40% of HR Professionals stated social dissatisfaction
- 38% of Salesmen also struggled to find time for a social life
- And it seems that there’s an anomaly in the ‘Social’ Worker job title, with 34% unhappy with their work/life balance.
At the other end of the scale, office workers (89%) are the most likely to socialise outside of work, with men spending 17% more time than women socialising with their co-workers. Those with the happiest social lives were Marketers, with 91% of those within the marketing industry saying that networking as part of their job is the biggest contributing factor to being happy with their social life. In fact, 62% of all of the survey respondents said they felt that socialising was essential to their careers.
Other workers with a satisfying social life include:
- 88% Builders spent as much time building relationships as they did building houses
- 83% of Retail professionals were happy with their social lives
- 79% of Administrative workers said that their social lives needed no improvement
- While 75% of Travel Agents and Holiday Reps had such a good social life themselves they were not envious of holidaymakers sociability.
LooseEnds founder, Daniel Lewis, comments:
‘In a way, I can understand why people who work within the hospitality industry spend less time socialising; not only do they have to work the hours which most other people spend going out, but while they’re there they have to put on a friendly face!
‘Generally speaking, medical professionals aside, it seems that those with the highest and lowest paid jobs have the best social lives, leaving middle management with the lowest social satisfaction. A social media tool, such as LooseEnds could make the difference in this sector, allowing them to use their spare time to easily arrange catch ups with friends, rather than just playing voyeur.’