A workplace relationships and health survey has found a high number of Australians are stuck in a working funk, with the thought of going home at night the thing keeping them there.

The report commissioned by a Future that Works and undertaken by human resources expert Lindsay McMillan, found 72 per cent were looking for greater meaning in their work, and close to 50 per cent will be looking for a new job this year.

The report defines steps to build a culture of meaning and purpose, including fostering employee participation and inclusion, communicating the alignment between roles and goals, encouraging autonomy and reinforcing engagement.