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Half of UK workers are ‘frustrated, their full potential is being wasted’

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According to a survey, half of workers are frustrated that they have nowhere to go in their current job because there are so few opportunities for advancement.

And a fifth (19 percent) say their job doesn’t offer any training that would help them step out of the role they’re in.

As a result, workers are courting their bosses for more training and taking evening classes at their own expense, the survey of 2,000 working adults found.

Almost a third of respondents said they actively withhold “secret skills” that are part of the job description of their current role.

More than half – 53 per cent – are looking for new roles that better suit their skills following the en masse return to the office following lockdown.

Professor Adam Boddison, executive director of the Association for Project Management, which conducted the study, said: “This study has given us a lot of insight into the limitations workers feel in their jobs.

“However, it’s great to see that many have felt a nudge to think outside the box to better utilize their skills in other roles.

“So many people clearly feel they are not living up to their full potential and would relish the opportunity to maximize their communication, organizational, planning and project management skills.”

The survey also found that 67 percent of the men had raised issues with management about their current job role, and seven in 10 had successfully obtained a promotion by asking.

By comparison, only 50 percent of women had been promoted after taking it upon themselves to ask management.

Of all adults surveyed, 21 percent felt uncomfortable asking for a promotion or raise, and 11 percent believed their boss was aloof on the subject.

But one in 10 of those who had taken evening classes on their own already felt very confident about leaving their current position and applying for another role with a better salary.

As many as four in ten believe they have leadership qualities that lie beneath the surface of what they present in the workplace. Two-fifths, or 38 percent, believe they are proficient in project management and time management — which holds them back in their current role.

It also found that 46 percent felt less confident about asking for training to improve their skills if it was not offered to them by their superiors.

But that feeling diminished with age, with 22 percent of 24-34 year olds feeling strongly that way, compared to just 10 percent of 55-64 year olds.

More workers surveyed via OnePoll also said they would rather stay at their current company and work their way up than switch careers entirely (38 percent vs. 22 percent).

Prof Boddison added: “It may be easier to try and stay in your own company and move up when that network is available. But our research has revealed that many of them have encountered a hurdle as to how far their current business can take them.

“There is a risk that employees will become essential to their department, so management is reluctant to let them move on and spread their wings. Managers who understand that what is best for the employee overall is what is best for the company is what you hope to find in the workplace.”

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