Global Survey Shows Employees in US Lead English Speaking Countries In Motivation

Global Survey Shows Employees in US  Lead English Speaking Countries In Motivation
New York, NY, October 10, 2008 --( Sixty-two percent of workers in the U.S. are highly motivated, in fact they are the most motivated among English speaking countries, according to a global survey by, the most visited career skills site on the Internet.

Those surveyed included 10,310 newsletter readers, mainly based in the US, Australia, Canada, UK, and New Zealand, as well as English speaking people from India, Ireland and South Africa. In the US 62% of the 2,915 who responded indicated that they either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement: "I feel highly motivated in my work"; 66.5% agreed or strongly agreed with the statement "I feel good about my employer"; and 71.0% agreed or strongly agreed with the statement "I am happy in my job."

By contrast, just 20.7% of those surveyed reported feeling unmotivated.

"We found this interesting," said Mind Tools CEO, James Manktelow, "because it shows that many people in the workplace are engaged with their jobs, are highly motivated, and feel positively towards their employers. By adopting a working assumption that, even in these difficult times, this is the normal state of affairs, managers can build a positive, dynamic workplace in which people are helped and encouraged to do their very best."

Over 60% of those responding from Australia and Ireland also felt highly motivated in their work. In fact, Australia responses at 61.7% almost tied those of the US and Ireland’s score on positivity was 60.6%. The survey showed that a lower proportion of 57.4% of Canadians, 56.5% of New Zealanders and 56.4% of respondents from the United Kingdom weighed in with a positive response to the motivation question.

"This is great news for US businesses, because it is widely agreed that companies whose employees are motivated and really engaged with their jobs are more likely to survive when times are tough, and are most likely to experience strong growth as the economy revives," said Manktelow.

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