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Workers in the public sector are least likely to be happy in the office

Published: Friday, 08 June 2007   Category: Life after graduation

Workers in the public sector have the lowest levels of morale of any UK workers, a new study by management firm Roffey Park has revealed.

The study of nearly 500 UK managers across a range of organisations found that an estimated 40 per cent of workers in the public sector were believed to be de-motivated or unhappy. That figure compared unfavourably with a low morale rate of 16 per cent in the private sector and just six per cent in not-for-profit organisations.

When asked about the major motivating factors in the workplace, the feeling of 'making a difference' was seen as the most important factor for keeping a happy workforce, while personal achievement, enjoyment of the job and facing challenges all ranked as more substantial rewards that financial incentives.

Emma Stirling, co-author of study, commented: "Maintaining high levels of morale is important within organisations in order to retain and get the most from employees.

"Low morale can be a result of many factors, including lack of motivation, poor management and stress. As part of their leadership role, it is important that leaders look at how they can boost morale and maintain a happy and productive workforce."

Regarding their own levels of appreciation and satisfaction, 88 per cent of the managers questioned said they felt committed to their workplace and 81 per cent proud of their work and their company - though just 64 per cent believed that they were appropriately rewarded for the work they were doing.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18174113-ADNFCR

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