Crews Love Interaction Onboard

How happy about interaction with other crew on board?

  • 7.28 up from 6.85

 Another big climber in the happiness index was the interaction with crew – in fact 7.28 is one of the highest figures in the five years the report has been running. Again, another seemingly high-water mark of positivity.

Those who had good feelings about their fellow crew spoke in terms of positive interaction, older seafarers being willing and able to share experiences and to teach others. There was also a big focus on the importance of have a regular social event to build camaraderie and to boost morale.

Whether a barbecue, games nights, sporting challenges, a karaoke competition, or a movie night. The seafarers who shared experiences of enjoyable events and interactions were far happier than those on vessels which did not provide a social focal point.

On the negative side, it was unsurprising that the usual concerns were covered. Ships with empty recreation rooms, or where there are rifts between departments, ranks or nationalities. These are where seafarers struggle the most, and where happiness is in very short supply.

Interestingly, there was a comment by someone whose company had recently just slashed an entertainment budget. The seafarer saw first-hand, in very quick order how the morale plummeted, and the atmosphere onboard changed for the worse.

It seems an obvious conclusion, but is important to state, but the seafarers who felt that had some time to interact, and some focus to do so, then they were more engaged and reported positive interactions, a good lifestyle onboard and felt energised by their sense of shipboard community. Time, space, and a sense of belonging make the difference.

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