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Friday 15 December 2017

Time off as good as a pay rise, say Irish employees

IRISH workers hate their lazy, moody and loud colleagues, and many believe having more family time is as valuable as a pay rise, according to new research undertaken for Microsoft.

Workers and employers are often at cross purposes when it comes to working arrangements, according to the research.

It's based on a survey of Irish employers and employees by Amarach Research, in support of Microsoft's Work Wherever Wednesday initiative to promote the benefits of flexible working.

The survey found Irish workers simply don't believe employer claims that bosses are happy to offer greater flexibility at work. That's despite most bosses indicating they want to see employees being more flexible and adaptable to change.


In terms of attitudes to co-workers, almost two in three workers said laziness is the attribute they most hate in co-workers, followed by moodiness and loudness.

Working well with colleagues and multi-tasking are the most admired characteristics among co-workers.

Employees want to see companies acknowledge family life. Almost two in five would like their employer to have a greater understanding of family needs, with 39pc seeing family time being as valuable as a pay rise.

Many employees said they would appreciate more up-front criticism, with 38pc saying more warts-and-all feedback would help their professional development.

Irish Independent

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