Passion on the job this Valentine's Day

We may lag behind the French and Italians as romantics, but not when it comes to professional passion...

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Since the laws of journalism dictate that it's compulsory to write a Valentine's-related story on the Friday before the big day, here's the best of the 1,367,421 offerings we've been kindly sent this week: apparently over half of British workers claim to be 'passionate' about our jobs, which is below the global average but better than our work-shy southern European chums. Even more remarkably, senior IT managers are apparently the most passionate of all, with manufacturers at the opposite end of the scale. So how can employers 'play Cupid' to rouse our passions still further?

The data, which comes from an annual global survey of worker opinions by HR consultancy Kenexa's Research Institute, reveals that Indians seem to love their jobs more than anyone else in the world: 72% claimed to be passionate about their work (which Kenexa defines as meaning they're excited about their job, feel a sense of personal accomplishment, love their employer, and rarely get itchy feet). But we're rather more cynical here in the UK: our score of 53%, which was below the global average of 58%, puts us behind the likes of Brazil, US and Germany – though ahead of Italy, France, and Japan.

The good news for MT readers is that according to the survey, senior/ middle managers are more passionate about their jobs than anyone else. So 60% of you should be reading this with a big beaming smile on your face. And if you drill down by sector (as these research types love to do), it suggests that workers in the hi-tech sector are the happiest in their jobs, just ahead of healthcare workers (we suppose it's hard for NHS doctors to get itchy feet).

So what are these sectors doing right that others are doing wrong (apart from being a monopoly employer)? Well, UK staff who claimed to be passionate about their jobs suggested it was because their skills were being put to good use; they have plenty of development opportunities; they don’t have to work all hours; and their achievements are recognised. Fairly standard stuff, you'd have thought, but it's clearly not happening across the board.

The danger, of course, is that if staff feel trapped in a loveless relationship with their employer, they're going to start getting a roving eye. Which is the last thing you want, either on Valentine's weekend or otherwise...

In today's bulletin:

Euro slumps again as sluggish Germany scuppers Greek bailout
Eurostar slammed over hopeless contingency plans
Passion on the job this Valentine's Day
Stress? Not on my watch, say managers
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