Employees are always wondering why the other guy got the promotion or why they got the sack. This may be the long-awaited moment of truth. UK online printer, instantprint, recently conducted research in which 500 senior UK operatives were surveyed on things employees do that frustrates them as well as what impresses them.
Having a positive attitude to work was regarded as the best trait an employee can have, with 58% of employers saying it would make their lives easier. Being a cynical or pessimistic presence in the office was regarded a worse trait than bad manners, poor hygiene and being disorganised!
Some statistics that may prove shocking include that only 2% of SME owners said dressing appropriately would get an employee on the manager’s good side, and only 7% said working overtime would help them excel at work.
The survey also asked SME owners to look in the mirror. 90% of respondents think they are generally popular in the workplace and 83% of respondents think they are not a source of irritation to their employees!
Male managers also came out as more confident in the workplace than their female counterparts. 45% of men said they described their mood as confident compared to just 37% of women.
The survey also looked at variations in age. 37% of entrepreneurs aged 35-44 said working longer hours was the worst thing about being in a position of responsibility, compared to NO entrepreneurs aged 18-24, whose least favourite aspect of entrepreneurship was managing money.
Co-founder of instantprint, James Kinsella, commented on the survey findings:
‘‘Having a great team is one of the most important business success factors and what’s more, they are the people you have to spend most of your life with.
For most SME owners and managers, their business is a huge part of their life, so perhaps it doesn’t come as a surprise that attitude comes above everything else. When everyone is under pressure, positivity will always be appreciated, if not needed by managers.’’
Back in January 2017, instantprint released their Start-up Hub, which is a micro-website filled with informative articles and resources for small business owners. This has added to instantprint’s pool of free resources available to small businesses, such as their Time Management eBook which aims to help busy entrepreneurs juggle the mounting pressures of running a business.