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People in Britain are disengaging from their jobs because they are not involved in interesting or innovative work, according to a new study.

Best practice insight and technology company, CEB, found that just three in 10 workers (29.7%) feel challenged in their day-to-day work life. It warned businesses that they should be braced for further falls in productivity following the EU referendum.

Just 16.4% of the 1,500 UK workers surveyed said they go 'above and beyond' in their role. Whether it's volunteering for extra tasks for helping out their colleagues, the proportion of those choosing to go the extra mile at work has dropped five points over the past year.

Brian Kropp, HR practice leader at CEB, said: "The Brexit outcome will clearly have an impact on recruitment, the world of work and future hiring within organisations.

"Despite workers not feeling motivated or energised in their role, the prolonged period of uncertainty post-Brexit will make people less likely to take a risk in moving jobs. We can expect more employees to sit tight in their roles at least for the next few months.

“The fact remains that workers want to try new things and add value, but they’re not being afforded the opportunities that allow them to do so. Employers in Britain cannot ignore this dissatisfaction if they want to keep their best people in the long-term."

As more of the workforce disengage, the risks of a ‘brain-drain’ increase. People are most likely to leave their jobs because future career prospects (46.2%), development opportunities (37.3%) and people management (33.2%) are lacking with their current employer.

As uncertainty continues around the nature of the UK’s exit from the EU, CEB said employers need to be transparent with people about how their work impacts the business, where they can contribute to different projects and initiatives and what development opportunities are available within the company.