UK employees struggle to name an occasion that motivated them at work


Last year saw employers fail to motivate their staff effectively, according to new research from Red Letter Days for Business.

The ‘Employee motivation: Who came out on top in 2015?’ report reveals that over a third (34%) of employees said they could not name a single specific occasion where they felt motivated at work last year.


While a quarter (24%) said they felt motivated generally, nearly half (46%) of the UK workforce collectively felt neutral or negative feelings towards their job.

For those who did feel motivated over the last 12 months, the primary factor for nearly half (45%) was having a good work/life balance.

However, the research also revealed the importance of personal engagement: 25% said their motivation was down to their boss, while 17% commented that their manager’s personal thanks was an important factor.

The report showed that flexibility, freedom, high quality tools and recognition are key factors that can have a positive impact on a workforce’s drive.

“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,” says Bill Alexander, CEO of Red Letter Days for Business.

“However, the biggest lesson we all must learn from these insights it that the most motivational elements that create memorable moments with staff appear under the four categories: achieved, challenged, gained knowledge, and recognised.

“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!”