One in ten British workers 'coasts' through the day

New research by shows that 9% of UK workers do 'the bare minimum' every day. And that's just the people that own up.

by Rebecca Burn-Callander
Last Updated: 19 Aug 2013

The anonymous poll – well, it would have to be, wouldn’t it – found that employees were most likely to slack off when the boss was on holiday, when there were no pay reviews scheduled in the near future, when they worked as part of a large team, or when they were faced with repetitive tasks which required little creative thinking.
Rather grim reading that, especially with unemployment rates across the globe rising fast, and Britain in recession. And this isn't some minute sample size, either - 700 people took part in the survey. 

It's rather surprising that this lot could be bothered to fill out the questionnaire at all. Almost one in five said they would be unwilling to work harder or for longer unless they knew there was a direct reward depending upon them doing so. Now that’s hardly recession-fighting spirit, is it?

However, we’re not all bad eggs. A diligent 72% of those polled said they would become unhappy at work if they were no longer challenged by the tasks they were given and instead were able to cruise through their day.

Younger workers are also particularly up for getting stuck in, compared with those coming to the end of their careers.  Of course, those on the bottom rung of the career ladder usually have most to prove…

But, that’s not all. Managers from big businesses, take heed. Almost a third (31%) of staff were more likely to coast at work if they were employed by a large firm compared to a small firm, with many citing the fact that their output was either unnoticed or unappreciated.
If you’re a small business, however, rejoice! You’re probably a slacker-free zone.

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