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Workers rank self-fulfilment over financial rewards

Filed under: Business Continuity — Stephanie on August 26, 2012

52 per cent of employees in the UK are more motivated by client service and pride over bonuses and pay rises to put more effort in at work, says research from recruitment firm Adecco. Those in business continuity jobs or other such professions are clearly more valuable to their employers than in times past, certainly among older employees.

The motivation to operate in top gear was most apparent amongst employees over 45. 40 per cent of those who responded from the 45-44, as well as 55+, age groups confirmed that they often perform more than their duty’s worth.

More than 50 per cent of older staff cited self-fulfilment, team work and client service as the main reasons for their wanting to perform beyond what is required of them. Younger workers who are developing their careers cited financial rewards as their motivation. In accordance with the trend overall, however, despite the challenges that the financial climate presents, over 50 per cent of those who responded said that a feeling of self-worth is the primary motivation for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Adecco Managing Director, Steven Kirkpatrick, told On Rec:

“In a difficult marketplace it is vital that employees are willing to go above and beyond as they build their career, whether this is to ensure progression at a younger age or in support of clients and colleagues.”

He continued to say that these attitudes should be viewed as a positive indicator in the employment market within the UK and the wanting to do more than what is required is an impressive attribute of today’s employee.

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