By Max Clarke

Three quarters of UK employees would prefer to work somewhere that fosters a fun atmosphere over one where they received better pay, a survey has revealed.

Despite this, some 70% of employees have worked in an environment that ‘does not promote a fun spirit’, research published today by recruitment giants, the Adecco Group, shows.

In addition, the survey of more than a 1,000 workers across the UK found that 67% of employees admit they feel less committed and loyal to their job if there isn’t a fun, competitive spirit in the workplace, admitting that they just do the minimum required of them.

The survey also found that only 30% of workplaces have sports teams, clubs or schemes which employees can join, while a further 68% do not compete with others at work, either in achieving formal targets or on a more light-hearted basis.

“As the global economy continues to strain under the burden of debt, employers should take heart from the fact that the workers we surveyed value a fun working environment over pay,” comments Andy Powell, Adecco’s director.

“Generating loyalty and commitment need not be about hard cash. In a climate of wage restraint, employers would do well to focus on employee wellbeing and happiness. However, a worrying majority of British employees are working somewhere which doesn’t have fun on the agenda. Sports, teams, clubs and schemes are also in short supply, despite the benefits they offer in engendering team spirit and positivity — especially when times are tough.”

In a bid to promote the importance of an engaging workplace environment, Adecco have launched the 'The Workplace Games', backed by hurdling legend, Colin Jackson.

“Competitive sport doesn’t always have to be serious," said Jackson, "and has numerous benefits in bringing workforces together and engendering team spirit.

I am really happy to get behind this campaign. It will not only raise valuable funds for an incredibly worthy cause, but also means that Britain’s workers can take a short break to test their legs and lungs; which is more than fine by me. British people are well-known for their work ethic, so I have no doubt that they can successfully channel that energy into taking part in the Workplace Games.”

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