Employee commitment levels on the rise, report claims

Friday 25 January 2013

Employee satisfaction and commitment to their place of work has significantly increased despite the economic downturn, a new government report has claimed.

The 2011 Workplace Employment Relations Study (WERS), which was last run in 2004, explores the current state of workplace relations.

It covers a host of issues including relationship between employer and employee, work/life balance, equality and diversity, training, pay and working hours.

The report claims that 20 per cent of workers were 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' with all aspects of their job measured, compared to 16 per cent in 2004.

Some 65 per cent said they shared the values of their organisation, up from 55 per cent in 2004.

Jo Swinson, Employment Relations Minister, noted that the UK is going through "one of the most challenging periods in its economic history" and businesses and employees have had to adapt rapidly.

"Engagement of employees is key to building stronger workforces which will in turn drive economic growth," she stated.

"This is why the government is supporting such excellent initiatives as 'Engage for Success' where top companies are coming together to share best practice and promote employee engagement."

She said the research shows "how workers and businesses are affected, how they are changing and what the workplace of the future might look like".

Posted by Sarah Parish