· One in three employees weigh up career opportunities through the New Year i period
· Cost of replacing individual workers estimated at £30,614 ii
· Half of professionals in the travel and tourism sector think feeling valued in a job is a top priority
· Over three quarters of engaged employees are passionate about their jobs
· Wednesday 21st January marks the UK’s first Employee Motivation Day

Travel and tourism has been revealed as the most motivated industry as a quarter of staff say passion for their job is what drives them to work hard.

Delving into the industry’s motivation levels, a nationwide study found that 50 per cent of travel and tourism professionals think feeling valued in a job is a top priority, with 46 per cent saying recognition for their hard work actively motivates them.

67 per cent feel it’s important to be passionate about a job, and although some (4 per cent) find their work a little dull from time to time, an overwhelming 79 per cent of workers within the travel trade regard themselves as hard workers.

To support the travel and tourism industry’s enthusiasm, Argos for Business, the leading provider for corporate motivation solutions, has launched the UK’s first ever Employee Motivation Day on Wednesday 21st January 2015, which has been created to inspire passion and appreciation across the UK’s workforce.

Argos for Business is encouraging bosses to start the year by recognising hard work.

As one in three employees are predicted to weigh up their career options this Januaryi, the cost to individual businesses could be too high to pay.

Accounting for all elements of the recruitment process, including advertising costs and recruiter fees, through to loss of productivity and training for new recruits, each employee lost could cost up to £30,614 iii to replace. Businesses choosing not to implement a year-round motivational strategy should consider this substantial sum and whether they can afford to lose some of their most valued assets - experienced employees.

As the research shows, motivational strategies need not cost the earth, or indeed anything at all. Simply feeling valued, or thanked for a job well done resonates with British workers, leaving a positive and affirming effect on employees and the businesses they work for.

Commenting on the findings, Danny Clenaghan, Managing Director at Argos for Business, said: “January always appears an opportune time for workers to weigh up their employment options. However, motivating staff and showing appreciation for their hard work year-round needn’t cost the earth. Motivation highly influences productivity within the travel and tourism industry, and our study reveals that a large proportion of Britain’s workers need to feel valued by their employer and colleagues to help motivate them to perform well.

“Simple and cost-effective everyday actions, such as saying thank you with low cost gift vouchers, a duvet day or allowing your team to leave 30 minutes early on a Friday, can go a long way in ensuring bosses hold onto valuable skilled team members.

“To help drive motivation, we are therefore dedicating a whole day to giving and receiving recognition and motivational compliments. We hope that employees, managers and business owners all get involved and become part of our Employee Motivation Day campaign.”

Argos for Business is working alongside motivational speaker Adrian Webster, as part of the campaign to improve motivation levels. Commenting on the findings, he said: “Argos for Business’ research proves that the UK’s hard-working workforce all appreciate recognition as a fantastic motivator. The key to self-motivation is having a sense of progress, at the heart of which lies good goal setting."

To help you feel motivated year-round, follow Adrian’s top five tips:

1. Set yourself lots of small goals to stay focused and to give you a sense of progress – vital for long term happiness and job satisfaction

2. Before starting a day’s work, just “step back” for two minutes. Take a few deep breaths, relax, unclutter your mind and picture your day ahead, and what you’re hoping to achieve. You’ll be far more productive

3. Stay focused on the positives. Every organisation has it faults but unless you can change them, don't waste your time dwelling on them

4. Have some fun! Having fun helps people relax, bonds teams together, releases endorphins and is the bedrock of creativity

5. Never overlook the importance of the little things, the TNTs - Tiny Noticeable Things. They may be tiny but they create the biggest, longest lasting images

The Top 10 MOST motivated sectors are**:

1. Travel and Tourism (50 per cent)
2. Environmental Services (47 per cent)
3. Health (45 per cent)
4. Education (41 per cent)
5. Computing/Electronics (40 per cent)
6. Hospitality (38 per cent)
7. Industry (39 per cent)
8. Entertainment (38 per cent)
9. Utilities (38 per cent)
10. Construction (37 per cent)

** percentages based on number of people who never ‘slack’ at work

Employees and employers can get involved in National Employee Motivation Day by downloading the motivation resource pack from www.employeemotivationday.co.uk , or by visiting the dedicated Facebook and Twitter pages, using the hashtags #EmployeeMotivationDay #EMD and #NatMotivateDay.

For more information about Argos for Business please visit www.argosforbusiness.co.uk

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