Women and men find joy from work in different ways, with women enjoying receiving praise from their managers and men being content when they complete a task with no faults.
This is according to CV-Library, an independent job board, who found that 34 per cent of women feel the most joy at work when they receive praise from their manager compared to 23 per cent of men.
The research also found that 55 per cent of men feel joy at work when they complete a task with no faults compared to 49 per cent of women.
Women experience more joy than men when they help others with 49 per cent of women versus 37 per cent of men.
Male employees are happier when they are given a leading role on a project (20 per cent) with slightly less of female employees saying the same at 17 per cent.
Overall, more than half (57 per cent) of professionals enjoy their job, with 11 per cent of women saying they do not and 13 per cent of men.
Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library said:
We spend most of our life at work, so if your employees don’t enjoy what they do or who they work with, they’ll never truly maximise their potential in your company or be happy in themselves.
When it comes to engaging your employees and keeping them motivated, there’s no one-size-fits-all strategy that will work universally. So, make sure you do your best to understand the key drivers behind each employees’ happiness at work, as this is key to running a productive workplace.
Understanding and knowing what motivates different individuals can also help with your hiring efforts. So, make sure you ask about this when interviewing candidates. This will make it easier to sell your company to them, while also ensuring you’re hiring like-minded people who are going to enjoy working in your organisation.
CV-Library surveyed over 2,000 UK employees to obtain these findings.