Voice of the Employee

Sunday  night dread does not exist for more than half of British workers, as 64% claim to either ‘love’ or ‘really like’ their jobs.

A survey of 1,220 workers, commissioned to mark the launch of the One4all Spotlight Awards, has revealed almost 1 in 3 (30%) enjoy their job so much that they plan to be with the company they are currently working for “for the foreseeable future.”

And a small portion – 13% – like where they work so much that they hope to be in their existing company for the rest of their working life.

When quizzed on the most important things in their lives, careers came third, behind family and romantic relationships.

The research also polled Brits about how willing they would be to go the extra mile to ensure their company succeeds.

More than 1 in 3 (36%) said they would be happy to work longer hours than they are contracted for, while a similar number (31%) would take on work outside of their job role.

Almost 1 in 5 (18%) confessed they would be willing to travel more or further for work.

However, very few would be willing to allow their bank balance to take the hit for the sake of their company’s success – just 3% said they would be willing to take a pay cut if it meant they could stay in their current role.

Declan Byrne, UK managing director at One4all Rewards, said: “It’s great to see how many British workers truly enjoy their jobs and the companies they work for. We spend such a huge portion of our lives in work so it’s really important to feel that you are in the right role and company.

“Employers need to take this statistic seriously – while it is fantastic that the majority claim to enjoy their jobs, there is still 36% of the UK work force that can’t say this is true, and these people need their morale and happiness at work to be addressed.

Byrne continues: “It is interesting, however, that while British workers are willing to go the extra mile – working longer hours, taking on more responsibility and even travelling more or further – to ensure their employers are successful, but ultimately being remunerated and rewarded for their efforts is still crucial.

Those working in the arts and the creative industries were the most happy with their jobs – with 85% claiming to ‘love’ or ‘really like’ them, closely followed by those in construction, plumbing and the trades where 76% feel this way.

Leisure and travel (75%), information and communications (68%) and education (67%) followed in the top five.

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