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NEARLY one in three of us claims to be unhappy at work and it costs our employers pounds 40million a day in wasted time.

British workers spend an average 25 minutes each day chatting to friends, daydreaming, web-surfing and looking for other jobs.

Londoners are the most easily distracted, wasting 33 minutes a day, while more than two in five (43 per cent) of those in the North West dread Monday mornings.

We've got together with learndirect, the not-for-profit careers and skills organisation that undertook the research, and psychologist Donna Dawson to bring you this quick quiz.

Take the test to find out if you're happy in your job and for advice on how to improve thing.

1) How do you feel on Sunday night or Monday morning?

a) Looking forward to getting back to work - you enjoy your job and the people you work with.

b) Resigned - you need to work to earn money, so it might as well be this job as any other.

c) Dreading it - you hate your job, it's hard getting up for it on any morning.

2) When the boss's back is turned, you:

a) Get on with what you are doing. You like working on your own initiative and being trusted.

b) Daydream about a better job, or gossip with colleagues about your boss.

c) Chat to your friends, surf the web, take a longer break - anything to delay what you have to do.

3) If you really put your mind to it, the opportunities in your workplace to get on, improve your skills and earn more money, are:

a) Very much there - you just have to go for it.

b) Not clear. You fear there may be a ceiling on how far you can go.

c) Non-existent and you feel trapped.

4) When you get to work, you find that:

a) Your spirits perk up and you look forward to new challenges as they arise.

b) You go into neutral work mode - it's better not to think about it too much.

c) Your spirits drop, it's the same old boring, depressing routine.

5) When you've had a bad day at work, you:

a) Go home and relax. Everyone has bad days, tomorrow will be better.

b) Go out and treat yourself, whether it's a drink with mates or a shopping spree.

c) Take it out on your family, partner, flatmate or friends, even though you don't mean to.

6) The main reason you don't leave your current job is:

a) You're happy there and well-suited to it.

b) You don't know what to do, or where to go for help.

c) You don't have the skills or qualifications to find a better job.

7) If you were thinking of changing your job would you?

a) Start doing your CV.

b) Look through the job vacancies every day and hope.

c) Not know where to go, but ask advice of friends and family.

8) When thinking of how your skills match your job, you would say that:

a) You can bring most if not all of your skills and talents to the job that you do.

b) Many of the skills that you have are either under-utilised, or not used at all.

c) You've been trained to do that particular job and that's about it. …