Survey reveals Irish employees remain motivated in the workplace



According to a recent survey by leading specialist professional recruitment consultancy, Robert Walters, 79% of Irish employees are motivated in their current role, despite ongoing economic uncertainty. Over 500 Irish professionals were surveyed on a variety of employment related issues ranging from motivation levels and hours worked through to environmental policies and employer support.

Respondents were asked to give an indication of their current motivation levels, with 56% of those surveyed saying they were ‘motivated’, 23% highlighted they were extremely motivated, with only 21% indicating demotivation. The results remain almost unchanged to this time last year when a previous Robert Walters survey indicated that 56% were ‘motivated’, 25% were extremely motivated and 19% were demotivated.

Louise Campbell, Managing Director of Robert Walters Ireland, commented:

“Last year job retention and stability were of great concern to all employees and this was a driving factor for employees to stay motivated, productive and effective. In 2009, 81% of Irish employees surveyed felt that they were motivated or extremely motivated in the current climate and the common denominator with them all was the desire to hold onto their position.

Even though the results from this year’s survey were similar to the 2009 results the underlying reasons behind the high motivation levels are different. Redundancies slowed significantly in quarter two with only a small number of multinationals continuing or extending their redundancy programmes and we have seen employee confidence increase as a result. The majority of the 500 professionals surveyed are currently in employment and there is a certain level of optimism amongst those who were able to retain their jobs in the downturn. With many organisations now looking towards the future employees are motivated by the possibilities that will be open to them when the market begins to turn.”


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