HR · 5 July 2017

Micro business workers are happiest thanks to autonomy and role variety

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One in three micro business workers said they loved their job

Startup staff and micro business workers are happier than counterparts in larger UK companies, as new research has revealed a correlation between the size of an employer and how much pride workers take in their jobs.

Almost a third of workers at businesses with under ten team members said that they “loved” their jobs, while workers in the largest companies – containing 500 staff or more – were least likely to love their roles, with just 15 per cent claiming that they did.

The results of a survey or more than 1,200 UK workers, commissioned by One4all Rewards, also showed that micro business workers were the least likely to leave their jobs and most likely to take personal pride in their firm’s achievements.

Some 18 per cent of micro business workers said they planned to remain with their current employer for the rest of their working lives, and 23 per cent admitted to having had more of a sense of personal pride when their small team had been successful.

Britain’s managing director for One4all Rewards, Declan Byrne, said that the independence and variety roles at the smallest companies offered could be the reason why micro business workers were found to be the happiest.

He added: “Clearly, many people find working in a small business incredibly rewarding. Micro business workers will anecdotally say they find they have a greater sense of autonomy and more varied roles, and as such, they will go the extra mile for their employer. It’s especially interesting to see the level of loyalty they feel towards the company they work for.

Research published earlier this year revealed that business confidence in Britain was highest amongst the owners of the country’s newest (and by virtue the smallest) companies.

Despite facing an uncertain economic and regulatory landscape, in April some 94 per cent of owners at one-year-old UK ventures said they felt more confident about business prospects going into 2017 than in 2016, while 84 per cent of those at two year-old firms said the same.

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Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.

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