EXCLUSIVE: 48% cite a good work-life balance as their top workplace priority

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EXCLUSIVE: More than half (48%) of respondents cite a good work-life balance as the top priority they look for in a workplace, according to research by Sodexo Engage.

Its survey of 1,000 employees also found that 36% of respondents rank an active recognition programme as a priority in the workplace, and 50% of these respondents state it is their single highest priority.

The research also found:

  • 33% of respondents look for an inspiring workplace as a priority, and 10% of respondents admit this is their highest priority.
  • 20% of respondents value an organisation that fosters a good team spirit.
  • 39% of respondents cite a lack of recognition or appreciation as a cause of demotivation at work.
  • 25% of respondents name a bad manager as the greatest factor in workplace demotivation.

Iain Thomson (pictured), director of incentives and recognition at Sodexo Engage, said: “In an increasingly competitive jobs market, business leaders can’t afford to underestimate the importance of creating an inspiring workplace. These survey results clearly show how important this is for employees, so employers must take note if they want to attract and retain their industry’s best people.

“At a time when job hopping is increasingly common, it is essential that businesses start assessing what they can do to inspire their workforce. Creating a good work-life balance for employees and offering rewards that they truly value are just two of many ways they can achieve this.”