Employers failed to motivate their staff last year, with 37% of workers claiming they cannot remember a single instance where they felt driven in 2015.
Research by Red Letter Days for Business has revealed that 24% of staff feel that they were not motivated in their careers. Nearly half of the UK workforce said they had negative feelings about their jobs.
The study - titled Employee motivation: Who came out on top in 2015? - found that 14% of workers loved every second of their job. 40% said that, though it was a struggle, they still loved aspects of their role. However, 27% claimed to have no emotion toward work.
A further seven per cent cited their career as “all work and no play”, whilst five per cent said they didn’t like any aspect of their role in 2015.
According to the report, 25- to 34-year-olds were the most motivated, with 39% saying they felt very driven. 24% of 35- to 44-year-olds claimed they felt motivated, however just 17% of 45- to 54-year-olds claimed to have felt engaged at work.
Bill Alexander, CEO at Red Letter Days for Business, said: “It’s worrying that only a small percentage of each age group could say ‘yes’ they feel motivated at work. What’s more worrying is how little 18- to 24-year-olds are driven – this is our workforce of the future therefore employers need to do more the nurture this talent.”
The study went on to explain that employee motivation was affected by four main components; flexibility, freedom, high quality tools and recognition.
“This research indicates that simple hygiene factors such as where employees work and the tools they’re given to work with have a bigger impact on motivation than employers’ may think,” continued Alexander.
“Employers who strive towards giving their staff the opportunities to experience these four elements throughout 2016 will no doubt benefit from an engaged and driven workforce – and hopefully improve the third of employees who could not remember a moment when they felt motivated last year!”