Delving into the industry’s motivation levels, a nationwide study found that 50% of travel and tourism professionals think feeling valued in a job is a top priority, with 46% saying recognition for their hard work actively motivates them.
New research also reveals that British employees, including ones in the travel sector, are, on the whole, happy at work, with a third feeling inspired to succeed every day and 70% feeling positive about work more than three days a week. This counters a common misconception that we’re a nation of disgruntled employees pushing paper.
The research, undertaken by Argos for Business, examined how various personality types of team-workers also take on very different roles. Businesses can thrive by encouraging a collaborative working environment that allows each personality type to have an impact – while there is no ‘I’, there is definitely a ‘me’ in team.
The most popular work personality is Captain Questions. A fifth of workers place themselves in this category, with exploring and problem solving what they most enjoy about work. These are the most likely candidates to call collective brainstorms to reach a decision and also the most likely to encourage free-thinking and offer thanks for all suggestions and input.
The second most popular personality type is, conversely, Independent Introverts, with 15% of employees making considered and informed decisions on their own before expressing them out loud, followed by Confident Creatives (11%).
Just over one in five employees will be a Big Idea Bod, understanding that it will be others in the group who make their ‘big picture’ thinking feasible.
Despite being a nation of team players, the research reveals that 56% of workers believe they themselves are their biggest motivators, suggesting a personal ambition to make an impact is driving workers. Perhaps this is why only a small group (one in seven employees) are People-Orientated Performers – those eager to motivate others instead of themselves. Of the people who sit in this bracket, a third believed that even the smallest gesture of thanking people for their input goes a long way in motivating them to participate and, case in point, three quarters of workers remember a time they were verbally praised. A third of workers claim that simply encouraging collaborative working and allowing the different personality types to compliment each other is the best way to motivate employees.
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