Country Manager UK
UK workers rate personal
development over salary
but family and 'a quiet life'
At over 75%, employment levels in the UK
have reached record levels and an increasing
number of employers are giving workers
access to online personal development
programmes. In making this investment, they
hope to improve employee engagement,
productivity and overall retention levels as well
as provide access to learning important soft
There is plenty of research to demonstrate
that employees are more engaged when
given the chance to learn and develop.
GoodHabitz' 2018 Learning & Development
Trend Report corroborates this and shows
that although access to learning is considered
more important than a higher salary, in the
end, family time and 'the chance to have a
quiet life' come out on top.
Anything for a quiet life
When asked about the 5 things they most
value in life, workers in the study answered:
1st - family (70%); 2nd - a quiet life (51%); 3rd -
free time or hobbies (49%); and 4th - positive
experiences or travel (48%). Being given the
chance to develop personally was ranked 5th,
at 35%. These five preferences are all
considered more important than a high
salary (29%) and an exciting career (22%).
Employers should take note of these
sentiments when designing HR policies and
Knowledge is valued 20% higher
Having the chance to 'put my talents to good
use' is key to UK employees and 80% of
working adults want the opportunity to
continue learning and challenging
themselves. This is the finding among people
of all educational backgrounds, who agreed
that 'learning is very important'.