Half of UK workers ‘frustrated that their full potential is wasted’ Business News

Half of workers are frustrated with having nowhere to go in their current job because there are so few opportunities for advancement, a survey has found.

And a fifth (19%) say their job doesn’t offer any training that would help them step out of the role they’re in.

As a result, workers are pressuring their bosses for more training and taking night classes on their own backs, according to the survey of 2,000 employed adults.

Almost a third of respondents said they actively retain the “secret skills” that were part of the job description of their current role.

More than half – 53% – are looking for new roles that better match their skills, following the massive return to the office after the lockdown.

Professor Adam Boddison, chief executive of the Association for Project Management, who conducted the research, said: ‘This research has given us a lot of insight into the restrictions that workers feel in their jobs.

“However, it’s great to see that many have felt an impetus to look further afield with the aim of better utilizing their skills in other roles.

“So many people clearly feel that they are not being used to their full potential and would appreciate the opportunity to maximize their communication, organizational, planning and project management skills.”

The survey also found that 67% of men had raised issues with management about their current role, and seven out of 10 had managed to secure a promotion by asking for one.

By comparison, only 50% of women were promoted after taking it upon themselves to ask management.

Of all the adults surveyed, 21% felt uncomfortable asking for a promotion or a raise, and 11% thought their bosses were unapproachable on the subject.

But one in 10 people who had taken night school on their own already felt very confident about leaving their current job and applying for a different job with better pay.

Up to four in 10 believed they had leadership skills hidden beneath the surface of what they exhibited in the workplace. Two-fifths, or 38%, thought they were good at project management and time management, which they retain in their current role.

It also emerged that 46% felt less comfortable asking for training to expand their skills if it was not offered to them by those more senior.

But this feeling decreases with age, since 22% of people aged 24 to 34 feel it strongly, compared to only 10% of people aged 55 to 64.

More workers, surveyed via OnePoll, also said they would rather stay with their current company and progress than change careers altogether (38% vs. 22%).

Professor Boddison added: ‘It may be easier to try to stay within your own company and progress, if that network is available. But our research revealed that for many, they’ve encountered a hurdle as far as their current business can take them.

“There is a risk that people will end up becoming indispensable to their service, so management is reluctant to let them through and spread their wings. Managers who understand that what’s best for the employee as a whole is best for the company is what you hope to find in the workplace.

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This notice was published: 2022-06-09 07:41:22

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