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What motivates a farm worker? New study looks into bosses attitudes and creating a motivation culture

Ahead of Employee Motivation Day 2016, a new study looked into what employees, including those from the agricultural sector, felt about their work place, and what made them feel motivated.


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One-third of employees said a small 'thank you' goes a long way
One-third of employees said a small 'thank you' goes a long way

Research into employee motivation has found one in four farm workers think feeling valued in a job is a top priority, while one third say recognition for their hard work from bosses actively motivates them.

 

British employees, including those from the agriculture sector are, on the whole, happy at work, with a third feeling inspired to succeed every day.

 

Counteracting a common misconception that the UK is a nation of disgruntled employees, the study found 70 per cent of employees feel positive about work more than three days a week.

 

Ahead of the second Employee Motivation Day on 25th February, the study into the behaviours of the UK’s workers highlights that team dynamics play the most important role in employee satisfaction, with two-thirds of all workers enjoying being part of a team.

 

Employee Motivation Day, created by Argos for Business, is to inspire passion and appreciation across the country’s workforce.

 

Emma Glennon, head of key clients at Argos for Business, said: "Our new research casts a positive light on the UK industry, with employees proving to be happy at work and championing team spirit. This contradicts the doom and gloom stories about the daily grind."

 


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Personality types

Captain Questions

 

The most popular work personality is Captain Questions. A fifth of workers place themselves in this category, admitting what they enjoy most about work is exploring and problem solving.

 

Independent Introverts

 

The second most popular personality type is an Independent Introvert. 15 per cent of employees say they make considered and informed decisions on their own before expressing them out loud.

 

Big Idea Bod

 

20 per cent understand it will be others in the group who make their 'big picture' thinking feasible.

Thanking

Thanking

A third of people believed even the smallest gesture of thanking people for their input goes a long way in motivating them to participate and three quarters of workers remember a time they were verbally praised.

 

A third of workers claim that simply encouraging collaborative working and allowing the different personality types to compliment each other is the best way to motivate employees.

 

Statistics

  • One in four farm workers think feeling valued in a job is a top priority
  • 56 per cent of workers are self-motivators, driving themselves to success
  • More than two-thirds of workers enjoy collaborative working to achieve results
  • Supportive language and encouragement are key to creating a motivation culture
  • One third believe a gesture as small as a 'thank you' went a long way towards motivation
  • Three-quarters of workers remember a time they were verbally praised
  • One-third of workers said encouraging collaborative working is the best way to motivate employees
  • 36 per cent of employees thought taking the time to listen to other ways of working helped increase levels of motivation
  • One-quarter of employees claim being involved in decisions helps to boost positive attitudes in the workplace
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