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Office workers ‘enthusiastic about their jobs’

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Levels of enthusiasm and engagement remain high in UK workplaces, a new survey of office workers has suggested.

Research conducted by recruitment consultants Badenoch & Clark indicated that 48 per cent of employees are proud to work for their organisation.

Morale among Scottish workers was found to be the highest in the UK, with over half (52.4 per cent) proud of their organisation.

Almost nine in ten office workers (89 per cent) believe their role contributes to the success of their organisation.

And three-quarters (76 per cent) think their co-workers seek their opinion and listen to and respect their views.

Badenoch & Clark found that 71.5 per cent feel their managers empower them to do their job to the best of their ability.

Younger workers (16-24 year olds) are particularly enthused, with 81.2 per cent drawing a direct link between strong management and workplace engagement.

Nicola Linkleter, managing director at Badenoch & Clark, said employee engagement can and should be seen as a measure of strong management and good internal communication.

“There is a strong argument to be made in favour of seeing investment in engagement as a business imperative,” she stated.

“In an immediate sense, there is a direct link between employee engagement and productivity – proud, enthused workers will strive to produce stronger and higher results, directly impacting on the bottom line.”

But with salary freezes and job losses widely reported throughout the UK, managers must work hard to foster a strong culture of inclusivity and engagement within their place of work, Ms Linkleter stated.

“On a macroeconomic level, strong employee engagement has the power to buck the forces of economic austerity,” she added.

“The UK will emerge from the economic downturn at a faster rate if workers are more engaged in their work. As such, leaders must now place engagement at the heart of their broader strategy.”