A recent survey suggests that Nottingham-based workers may be suffering from too much “Britishness” as they hide their talents under a bushel whilst some of their colleagues nationwide shout about their successes from the rooftops, according to training provider Pitman Training.
In their “Britishness at Work” survey, Pitman Training explored whether the “stiff upper lip” still exists in modern British workplaces and if this is having an impact on the nation achieving its potential.
Nottingham respondents scored the 2nd highest of cities nationally in associating Britishness with modesty, with a score of 33%, compared to a national average of 25.3%.
When quizzed on progression at work, Nottingham workers also reported slightly over average on holding themselves back. 27% would never ask for a promotion (versus the national average of 17%) and 16% would never enter an award at work (versus the national average of 15%).
While 18% would never self-promote in a workplace (against the national average of 19%), 95% would tell their friends in they got a promotion.
In response to these findings and in a bid to drive career progression, Pitman Training is taking to social media to encourage Nottingham-based workers to nominate themselves and their co-workers in their SuperAchievers awards, which has a deadline of 4th March for entries.
Claire Lister, MD at Pitman Training Group, said: “It’s really interesting to see these regional variations, but what I also find fascinating is what people claim, and then what they really tell us with survey answers. Our respondents in Nottingham in many ways have projected ‘true British’ qualities, scoring over average on not asking for a promotion and not entering awards at work, suggesting that there is still some work to be done on following through career convictions.”
Lister said: “For people who are not comfortable recognising their achievements there is a direct correlation between lack of progression and lack of fulfilment. It’s important for us to encourage the nation to be proud and not prudish when it comes to highlighting their impact in the workplace.”