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Workplace pride remains high, bucking austerity blues

Workplace pride remains high, bucking austerity blues

Generation Y leads pride in the workplace followed closely by women

UK workers are reporting the highest levels of pride in their job this year, stoically battling workplace austerity blues, according to new research from hyphen, the recruitment solutions provider.

Over half (58.1%) of UK workers are proud to work for their current organisation, the poll of 1,000 workers shows. Pride in the workplace amongst women has remained at consistently high levels, with nearly a third (60.1%) describing themselves as proud to work for their employer, up from under a half (49.2%) in March 2012.

The figures suggest the recent drives to increase the number of women at the top of business, and create an equal footing for both men and women at work, may be having a positive cultural impact on the workplace and the way female employees feel about work generally. To maintain this level of workplace pride throughout 2013, organisations must create a strong framework to develop opportunities for women to recognise success, warns hyphen.

The research also finds that generation Y employees (16-24 year olds) feel the most proud to work in their organisation. Over three fifths (64.1%) of young workers say they are proud of working for their current employer – a rise from just over half (56.5%) of young professionals in Q2 last year, but down from seven in 10 (71.9%) earlier this year, in January 2013. 

But the findings suggest that while pride is high, managers may not be directly responsible for the rise.

Six out of 10 (62.8%) workers currently believe their organisation seeks their opinion, listens and respects their views, dropping from over three quarters (77.9%) in January 2013. 

Meanwhile three fifths (61.7%) of employees believe their manager empowers them to do their job – a drop from over three quarters (76.1%) in January.

Zain Wadee, Managing Director at hyphen said:

“Managers need to ensure communication levels are maintained and employees continue to feel empowered and listened to if organisations are to get the most out of their workforce.

“Engagement and workplace pride have a close relationship and managers need to ensure they are providing a positive working environment that both engages and develops the workforce. This will help create employees that feel part of the company’s development and will have a demonstrable impact on retention of talent.”

“We are particularly encouraged to see a shift in the levels of workplace pride reported by female UK workers in 2013.  These are signs that organisations are reacting positively to the drive for a more inclusive working culture, and are creating an engaging environment that allows both male and female workers to develop and thrive professionally.”

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