Friday 24 November 2017

Majority of workers would prefer to work for a start-up or SME

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Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Almost 70pc of Irish workers would like to work in a small to medium size enterprise (SME) or a start-up, research by One4all has found.

The research also shows that 70pc of respondents believe that start-ups and SMEs offer the best office culture.

The ever-growing millennial workforce are also following this trend, with close to half of those aged under 25 preferring to work in an SME, and a further 20pc saying they would like to work in a start-up.

Almost half of those surveyed stated that they would be more motivated to give up their free time and work longer hours for a smaller company – this rises to over half (52pc) among those aged 18-24.

The research, which aims to explore Irish employees’ attitudes towards office culture, wellness, and perks also found that 39pc of those polled disagree with the statement that providing office perks, such as breakfast or snacks in the office, puts pressure on employees to work longer hours.

Just 8pc strongly agreeing with this statement.

While salary is the most important factor for most people when looking for a job, a friendly work environment was deemed the next most important thing for Irish jobseekers.

“What’s interesting is a high number of workers feel motivated to work longer hours for a smaller company. People are happier to give up their hard-earned free time to help a smaller business flourish, which is a very positive thing for growing Irish companies, and for the Irish economy in general,” Michael Dawson, ceo, One4all said.

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