This time in 1997 Building polled readers’ attitudes to their work and the results were far from happy
Better jobs, bad bosses and biscuit tins
By this time in 1997, election fever was over and the industry had begun to think about its everyday concerns again - something I’m sure many of our readers will be slightly envious of as the battle of party manifestos rages around us, with promises of housebuilding lobbed around like grenades.
A survey of “hopes and bugbears of the construction industry” polled readers’ attitudes to their work and the results were far from happy, with 42% hoping to move job by August. Consultant engineers (47%) were the most restless. Poaching was rife, with 40% of respondents having been approached by rivals or headhunters in the last six months. A company pension and company car were the coveted benefits, far above gyms or canteens – so nothing’s changed there.
As in our archive piece last week, the biggest winner on the job satisfaction was more time off, with early departure on Fridays desired by 76% of workers, and nearly half wanted a Christmas shopping day. Biscuit tins, unsurprisingly, were not the big job satisfaction improver employers hoped.
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