Future of Work

British workers are being urged to be more adventurous in 2019 – because a survey says one in five haven’t tried something new in more than a year.

The stats are revealed in new research from Boundless, the events and experiences club for public sector workers, in a survey which sought to analyse happiness levels in the workplace.

The survey found a link between happiness and performance – with nearly three-quarters saying they felt better about going to work on a Monday after a good weekend.

Nine in ten also said they performed better at work when they feel happy.

The survey showed:

  • 20 per cent say they haven’t tried anything new in more than a year.
  • 62 per cent of people said they rarely, very rarely or never try anything new.
  • The older we get the fewer new experiences we try – those age 16-24 try something new on average every 6 weeks, those aged 35-44 every 16 weeks and those over 55 every 23 weeks.
  • 56 per cent of workers across the board admit they don’t make the most of their spare time.

Ian Holmes-Lewis, Director at Boundless, said: “These figures should be food for thought for managers and business owners because they show staff aren’t making the most of time outside of work.

“Trying new things and having new experiences can be a big contributor to keeping people happy and inspired, both at work and at home.

“The results also show that people perform better in the workplace when they feel happy in life, so there is an opportunity here to improve both morale and productivity.

“So, what better New Year’s resolution in 2019 than to encourage staff to get out there more and try new experiences?”

The survey threw up some interesting differences between professions when it comes to making the most of spare time, too.

For instance:

  • Workers in marketing are the most adventurous – they experience something new on average every 4 weeks. Builders are up there too on every 6 weeks.
  • Taxi and lorry drivers are the least adventurous, trying new experiences only once every 21 weeks
  • Public sector workers enjoy fewer new experiences than those in the private sector, with 63 per cent saying they rarely, very rarely or never experience something new. In the private sector the figure was 60 per cent.
  • 90 per cent of those working in sport and leisure say they don’t make the most of their spare time. The figure was only 33.3 per cent for travel agents and electricians and just 20 per cent for people who are retired.

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