Workers are still positive

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EMPLOYEES across the North East remain motivated in the face of the economic downturn, research reveals.

Workers at small and medium-sized (SMEs) in the region remain positive, optimistic about the future and happy in their jobs, despite news that the country has slipped back into a recession.

The study, by invoice finance firm Bibby Financial Services, revealed that a quarter of SME owners and managers in the North East had seen a rise in motivation levels among their staff in the first quarter of this year.

That was a 14 per cent increase from the final quarter of 2011.

Across the country, London was home to the most upbeat employees, while East Anglia and the West Midlands had the least motivated staff.

Mark Storey, of Bibby Financial Services North East, says: “Like many across the UK, owners and managers of SMEs in the North East find themselves trading in an extremely challenging economic environment.

“An inspired and driven workforce increases productivity and improves the quality of the goods or services they provide. Similarly, levels of absenteeism and staff turnover are more likely to be minimised.

“This is good news for managers of SMEs in the North East who are faced with the hugely demanding and ongoing responsibility of keeping their organisations on track.”