Majority of Brits feel under-thanked at work

Majority of Brits feel under-thanked at work

London, 1 May 2014 – Britain may have a reputation as a polite nation, but there is one key pleasantry that appears to be lacking in its workplaces: saying “thank you”.

New research by Monster.co.uk shows that more than half of employees (58%) feel they don’t get thanked enough at work, leaving most (54 per cent) feeling under-appreciated and many (41 per cent) demotivated. And even many bosses (41%) acknowledge that there are not enough thanks in their workplace.

It also shows just how much people value being thanked. On average, employees would want to be paid an extra £134 a month – or £1,608 a year – for never being thanked at work to compensate for the lack of appreciation.

The survey of 2,000 employees and 500 employers is part of the Monster ‘Thank You’ campaign. It is inspired by the Native American proverb that ‘it takes a thousand voices to tell a single story’ – that the story of your life and career are shaped by many more people than you alone. The site provides a platform to encourage Brits to share their appreciation for those that have helped them in their career.

Regionally, the North West appears to have the highest rate of thankless workplaces, with 73 per cent stating that people simply don’t say thank you enough. Whilst in London, just under half (49 per cent) reported feeling that their office wasn’t thankful.

When asked if there was one group or industry in particular that workers would like to thank, the top three were clear: emergency services (22 per cent), mothers (21 per cent) and nurses (13 per cent).

The awareness of the importance of a simple thank you comes at a much needed time, when survey respondents find their bosses ungrateful (11 per cent), lacking manners (8 per cent) or even downright rude (3 per cent). Most tellingly, a simple verbal thank you is even considered more important than a pay rise as the most popular form of thanks when an employee has gone the extra mile, say 63 per cent of employees.

Corinne Sweet, organisational behaviour psychologist, explained: “Saying ‘thank you’ is priceless at work, as employees would rather receive appreciation than extra cash. This is because ‘thanks’ is a positive reinforcement of hard effort and productivity, in behavioural terms.”

“People feel ‘lifted’ emotionally by their bosses, and thus feel good about themselves and perform better. We even have raised endorphin levels, the feel-good biochemical in our bloodstreams, when we are thanked – which in turn helps boost our immune system to combat stress-related symptoms. This, in turn, can reduce absenteeism and boost office morale; so saying ‘thanks’ is, literally, worth its weight in gold.”

Andrew Sumner, Managing Director of Monster.co.uk in the UK and Ireland, commented: “This research shows that employers need to thank their staff more often. Saying thank you is the type of small change that can have a big impact in the workplace. Managers may be seeing the value in saying thanks, but struggling to communicate it in a clear way to their staff.”

“Monster helps people find better each day, with great jobs and career advice, but we recognise that we’re not the only ones that help. Our careers are shaped by many people – friends, family, colleagues and even people we don’t know personally – and our campaign is about thanking them.”

The Monster ‘Thank You’ campaign allows people to publicly acknowledge anyone who has helped them ‘find better’ by submitting a message, picture or video to a unique website: monsterthankyou.co.uk. The campaign can also be followed on Twitter with the hashtag #monsterthankyou.

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One in four Brits happy to be back at their desks after summer hols

One in four Brits happy to be back at their desks after summer hols

London, 19 August 2014 – As UK workers flock back from their sun-soaked holidays this month, a recent poll has found that a quarter of Brits are actually happy to be back at work.

The research, carried out by recruitment firm Monster.co.uk, reveals that many Brits don’t dread the transition from beach to boardroom, with 25 per cent of UK and Ireland workers happy to return to their day-jobs.

Though for many it’s still a dreaded return with 62 per cent admitting they were not happy to be back after their summer break, 13 per cent were indifferent. The recent UK heatwave may have helped make integration a little easier than normal but it seems most likely that this lucky 25 per cent simply have above-average job satisfaction.

Those workers reminiscing weeks after returning from holidays might need to make a couple of changes. Andy Sumner, Managing Director of Monster UK and Ireland, says: “So how can we all be as happy to return to our jobs as that 25 per cent? If your post-holiday blues last just a couple days, simply implementing a few adjustments in your work life could do the trick. You could try focusing on areas of professional or personal development, asking for more frequent feedback from your superiors or making an effort to become better acquainted with your work colleagues.”

“However, returning to work after a holiday is also a great test to see if you’re truly happy in your current job or not. If you’d rather be anywhere but back at work after a holiday, it might be the wake-up call you need to find a new role.”

Monster Poll Results:

Which one statement best describes how you typically feel on your first day back to work after a relaxing holiday?

– Happy to be back to my job after a holiday – 25%
– Indifferent about being back to my job after a holiday – 13%
– Not happy to be back to my job after a holiday – 62%

Monster launches campaign to get girls coding

Monster launches campaign to get girls coding

London, 8 April 2015 – Monster has today launched a new campaign and series of initiatives to help get more girls in to coding, to ensure women have a voice in the development of the language of the future. The campaign, Girls In Coding, is part of Monster’s focus on tech talent and it’s passionate commitment to encourage and support girls getting into the coding industry; helping them to embrace and enjoy a crucial skill which will enable women to remain at the forefront of the future workforce.

Caitlin Moran recently highlighted that if 90% of coders are men, developing and owning the language of the future, women won’t be part of the conversation. With this in mind, Monster’s Girls In Coding campaign and initiatives aim to champion getting girls more involved and confident in coding, a key area for job growth in the future. This launches at a critical time, with digital guru Martha Lane-Fox recently suggesting that 98% of the code relied upon by the internet and web technologies is programmed by men.

The Girls in Coding campaign will see a number of initiatives and events take place throughout the year to raise awareness of the importance of young girls and women learning to code, working closely with key advocates and experts to bring this important issue to the forefront.

To mark the start of this key focus, Monster is bringing together industry experts at an event on 16th April to look in depth at what can be done to encourage females to not only take up coding, but also become passionate and excited about the role it will play in the future. A series of panel-based discussions, involving leaders from technology and business, will highlight the challenges and discuss possible solutions and initiatives to help make a difference in this key area.

Confirmed panellists for the event include:

– Amali de Alwis, CEO and Executive Board, Code First: Girls
– Ruth Nicholls, Managing Director, Young Rewired State
– Amelia Humfress, Founder and CEO, Steer
– Anne-Marie Imafidon, Founder, STEMettes
– Marily Nika, Director, London Geekettes
– Wendy Devolder, CEO, Skills Matter
– Gina Jackson, Managing Director, Next Gen Skills Academy
– Alexa Glick, Global Diversity Program Manager, Microsoft
– Graeme Goulden, Senior Product Lead, Monster

Sinead Bunting, Marketing Director UK and Ireland, commented: “We need to show girls that a career in coding can be hugely interesting, rewarding and that coding and technology are fundamental skillsets required for any industry or role they hope to pursue in the future. At Monster we’re passionate about raising awareness of the importance of coding amongst not only girls and females who are in the current workforce, but also talent acquisition and HR professionals, to highlight the crucial role coding will play in future careers.”

“Many people may not realise the role that coding plays in our lives – including the apps we’ve come to rely on and the websites we use every day, and all too many studies highlight that it’s men who are leading the way on this crucial aspect of today’s workforce. To ensure we develop tech that meets the needs and requirements of both genders, and in the process help plug the digital skills gap in the UK, this needs to change.”

“Having spoken to many industry figures and women in technology in the last couple of months, it’s fantastic to know that there are many great initiatives and passionate professionals out there wanting to and already making a difference in this key area. We’re looking forward to marking the start of our Girls In Coding campaign with our upcoming event and believe that, by raising further awareness of the issue amongst the HR and talent acquisition community, we can work collaboratively to really make a difference to the amount of girls and women considering coding as an exciting and rewarding career option.”

The event takes place on 16 April, from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. To find out more, and to sign up to attend, visit the event website.

Monster calls on recruitment industry to join together to get more women in technology roles

Monster calls on recruitment industry to join together to get more women in technology roles

London, 20 April 2015 – Following on from Monster’s Girls in Coding event, held last week at a full Skills Matter eXchange in London, the job board and HR tech provider is calling on the recruitment industry to join them in forging a Tech Talent charter to help get more women into technology, IT and coding roles.

To ensure females have a role in the development of the coding language of the future, and remain a key element of the future workforce, Monster.co.uk is calling on the recruitment industry to join them in pledging to do more in promoting women into roles of technology, IT and coding by supporting a TechTalent Charter to forge a framework of action for the future.

Monster’s Girls in Coding event, which marked the start of its Girls In Coding campaign, brought together industry experts to facilitate discussion around what can be done to encourage females to take up coding and how best to help them embrace and enjoy a crucial skill which will enable them to remain at the forefront of the future workforce. The discussions were split into three panel sessions: tackling the issues of getting young girls into coding; upskilling graduates and current professionals; and the challenges of finding tech talent today – with schools, parents, role models, industry, recruiters and society as a whole having an important part to play.

To further promote the campaign, Monster has confirmed that they are the official recruitment partner of the Festival of Code run by Young Rewired State on 27th July – 2nd August 2015. Monster are also partnering with Code First: Girls to run a series of three workshops this summer on how to recruit female tech talent.

Sinead Bunting, Marketing Director UK and Ireland, commented: “Last week’s event was really successful with its primary aim being to raise awareness of the issue within the HR and recruitment industry. However we see this as being the first step towards making a real and meaningful difference in this important area.

We are looking forward to continuing to promote this issue throughout the rest of the year in order to make a tangible difference to the amount of women considering coding as an exciting and rewarding career option. We are keen to enter discussion with others in the HR and recruitment industry to make sure we, as a sector, are doing all we can to ensure women are represented in this area for job growth in the future – working together as an industry is the best way of making a genuine difference. Together we can work towards getting more girls into coding, encourage women into technology roles, and in the process ensure that the tech that is meant for everyone is built by everyone. This is also a key way to close the digital skills gap we are currently experiencing in the UK.”

Monster UK launches next generation social recruitment advertising

Monster UK launches next generation social recruitment advertising

London, 5 May 2015 – Monster UK today announced the launch of Monster Social Job Ads, their next generation social recruitment advertising solution that enables recruiters to target both active and passive candidates on Twitter.

Monster Social Job Ads takes social recruiting to the next level. The technology automatically targets relevant candidates, providing an immediate and automated distribution of a client’s selected jobs to targeted candidates among the full Twitter user base, beyond their own followers.

Proprietary targeting
The product uses proprietary targeting technology, aggregating career-specific data, from more than 100 social sources as well as Monster’s expansive CV database – this makes it simple for potential employers to find and engage with candidates across Twitter, regardless of whom those individuals follow.

Immediate performance
After a quick, one-time setup, the automated process transforms the Monster Job Ad into a high-performance, targeted social ad campaign, exposed to Twitter’s 15 million active UK users. In addition, Monster Social Job Ads provides targeted Twitter users with a branded snapshot of the job details, including skills needed, location, education level and salary.

“Monster Social Job Ads revolutionises the way employers can reach talent across social channels and is the first fully automated social job advertising solution targeting both active AND passive candidates – we’re really excited to be launching this product.” said Andy Sumner, Managing Director, UK & Ireland, of Monster.co.uk. “As online and offline lives continue to merge, and more and more candidates are sourced via social networks, it’s crucial that that we’re using the innovative technology we have at our fingertips to ensure we’re connecting the right people with the right jobs, wherever they may be.”

UK retirees share their wisdom with today’s grads

UK retirees share their wisdom with today’s grads

London, 5 August 2015 – As the latest wave of UK graduates begin their job hunt, new research from Monster.co.uk reveals that the average retiree has worked for six companies, was most proud of being respected within their workplace and hit their earning peak at the age of 50. The study was conducted amongst recently retired full time workers to uncover insights and words of wisdom to pass onto graduates about to embark on their career.

The researched discovered that getting stressed (20 per cent), working long hours unnecessarily (14 per cent) and not having the ambition and confidence to push themselves up the career ladder (13 per cent) were the three biggest regrets. Earning a high salary was only a source of career pride for two per cent, highlighting that when people look back objectively on working life it’s not the monetary element that most springs to mind, but the more emotive aspects.

Biggest Regrets

The five biggest regrets from working life were:

– Getting too stressed about work (20 per cent)
– Working longer hours than needed (14 per cent)
– Not having the ambition and confidence to push themselves further (13 per cent)
– Staying in a job that wasn’t right (13 per cent)
– Not retiring earlier (8 per cent)

The Path to Success

Over a third of respondents (36 per cent) said that they would recommend looking for a new job every three to four years, while just as many (39 per cent) cited the value of keeping up to date with industry trends. Career success was closely linked to feeling respected; both within the industry and by colleagues, with 44 per cent naming this as the aspect they were most proud of when looking back at their career. Only two per cent cited financial rewards as their career highlight.

Advice

The advice focused on the importance of not becoming complacent in the workplace, and finding a fulfilling job rather than one that simply pays the bills. An overwhelming 57% agreed that it’s important not to be scared to change jobs, whilst half of respondents (52 per cent) urged today’s graduates to concentrate on finding one they love. One in three (33 per cent) agreed it was important to always do something that makes you happy.

There were some warnings too though, with a quarter cautioning against getting too drunk with colleagues and one in ten saying today’s graduates should ensure they keep any work enemies close.

Andy Sumner, Managing Director of Monster.co.uk, UK and Ireland, commented:

“It can be very daunting entering the job market for the first time, and our research amongst recently retired workers offers some valuable and heartfelt insights that the younger generation should definitely pay attention too. As the research highlights, some of the biggest career regrets focus around not having the confidence to make a job change or staying in a work environment that deep down you know isn’t right for you.

Work forms such a crucial part of our everyday lives, so it’s really important people ensure they are in a role that fulfills them, and not just in the financial sense. Those entering the market should take the time to research and look into the sectors and roles that interest them, and not be scared to try different areas if something doesn’t feel right. This is such an exciting time and, whether you realise it or not, at this stage in your life the world really is your oyster.”

Monster launches second phase of its heavyweight radio and digital campaign in the UK

Monster launches second phase of its heavyweight radio and digital campaign in the UK

London, 21st September 2015 – Following the successful ‘Become a Monster’ radio campaign in June earlier this year, Monster.co.uk has launched the second phase, building the campaign out further with the addition of brand new 30, 10 and 5 second video animations and digital display creative that bring the radio stories to life. The campaign aims to inspire people to have the confidence to secure the job they deserve and become a Monster by visiting the site and looking for a job or uploading their CV and, in the process, find better.

Continuing to complement Monster’s ongoing focus on #TechTalent, the ‘Become a Monster’ campaign showcases how Monster.co.uk can help all types of jobseekers from various industries ‘Find Better’, not only through connecting the right talent to the right jobs, but also championing individuals to discover what they truly want to do and helping them achieve it. The three variations of the video animation and digital creative of the campaign focus on three different characters as per the first phase: the ‘tech woman’, the ‘digital advertising woman’, and the ‘apprentice guy’. The second phase introduces a fourth audio story for the radio campaign: ‘finance guy’, who having experienced setbacks in his career, visited the Monster site, became a Monster and was able to get back on a career path that fulfilled him.

In addition, new ten second audio creatives will be introduced highlighting a selection of Monster customers and their job opportunities on the site. These include Sky, O2, Zara, Dixons Carphone and Flight Centre, to showcase the range of companies and jobs on offer at Monster.co.uk.

The campaign goes live on Wednesday 23rd September across high profile radio stations, such as Capital FM, Heart FM and the Radio X radio networks, to ensure wide-scale coverage across the UK. The £1 million advertisement campaign will also occupy the coveted Newslink solus spot, on 263 stations, for the duration of the campaign.

To reinforce and enhance the radio campaign the three fun new video animations will run across YouTube (bumper and TrueView ads), Instagram, Spotify, Facebook, Twitter and the Google display network. This element of the campaign is expected to draw over 2.9 million video views and serve over 50 million digital impressions.

Sinead Bunting, Marketing Director UK & Ireland, of Monster.co.uk said: “At Monster we are really passionate about helping people to find the jobs they deserve through connecting them with the right job and providing all the career advice and content they need on their job seeking journey. With this campaign we want to inspire people to get out there and find better – by listening and watching our ‘Become a Monster’ stories. We aim to inspire and encourage candidates to have the confidence to discover and apply for jobs that they’ve always wanted, but perhaps never had the confidence to go for.

The radio campaigns we’ve run this year are the biggest we’ve ever embarked on for many years, reinforcing our commitment to building our brand and continuing to help our users find the right job and our customers the right talent. We’re really excited about phase two of the campaign, especially the added elements that will increase our engagement across social and digital channels, and look forward to encouraging people to find the jobs and careers they want and deserve.”