Among workers in Britain only six percent are completely satisfied with their jobs, reveals a new study.
Almost half of those polled admitted that they regularly feel unhappy during the working week.
A slightly more cheerful quarter said they only feel unhappy about work once in a while. But two-thirds admitted their job gives them little or no sense of satisfaction.
Most dream of setting up their own business, with two-thirds believing they would only be truly content at work if they were self-employed. But 70 per cent think a career change isn't an option while unemployment rates are high.
And those unwillingly returning to a stuffy office after the Christmas break won't be surprised to learn that the cold winter months have added to the gloom - with October to December being named as the most depressing time of the year.
Training provider Lifetime commissioned the poll of 3,000 adults.
"With happiness being closely linked to employee performance it is worrying that such a large percentage of the British population is so unhappy at work," the Daily Mail quoted Nigel Wallace, the company's director of training, as saying.
"Twice the amount of office workers are unhappy compared to peers who spend their working day on their feet, suggesting that the key to happiness could lie in an active work environment," Wallace added.
"For many, a change in their career path can restore a positive attitude to work.
"The trend in office anxiety is growing more and more each year and these figures highlight the need for workers to take more of an active role in finding their dream career.
"The start of the New Year is the perfect time to reconsider your career. Despite the economic downturn and reports of high unemployment there are sectors which are still growing," Wallace added.