31% of London-based staff feel least motivated at Christmas


Almost a third (31%) of London-based respondents feel least motivated at Christmas, over any other time of year, according to research by Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services.

Its survey of 1,000 UK employees also found that 41% of respondents who are based in London would feel motivated to work harder if they received a non-financial reward.

The research also found:

  • 43% of respondents would like multi-choice gift cards to be included in their reward package.
  • 33% of respondents based in the north of England feel least motivated at Christmas.
  • 41% of respondents based across the north and Scotland feel least motivated at Christmas.
  • 52% of London-based respondents plan to finance their Christmas spending with their November and December wages.

Iain Thomson (pictured), director of incentive and recognition at Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services, said: “This research has revealed the extent to which workers in the capital are affected by the festive season and the challenges that managers across all business types are facing.

“Businesses can sometimes shy away from group rewarding, nervous that they will offend or exclude particular demographics or individuals. Particularly in London, there is a huge variety of different nationalities, cultures and religions that must be considered when looking to combat these challenges.

“By implementing effective and personalised short-term rewards, it becomes easier to navigate the personal needs and wants of every member of staff.”