Research has found that almost 70% of Irish workers would like to work in a small to medium-size enterprise (SME) or a start-up, with respondents believing that these offer the best office culture.
Younger workers are also following this trend, with close to half of those aged under 25 preferring to work in an SME, and a further 20% saying they would like to work in a start-up.
Almost half of those surveyed stated that they would be more motivated to give up their free time and work longer hours for a smaller company.
The research, by One4all, surveyed Irish employees’ attitudes towards office culture, wellness, and ‘perks’ of the job. It found that 39% of those polled disagreed with the sentiment that providing office incentives, such as breakfast or snacks, puts pressure on employees to work longer hours.
While salary is the most important factor for most people when looking for a job, a friendly work environment was deemed the next most important thing for Irish job seekers.
Just 3% of workers felt that a strong company vision was an important factor when searching for a job, while 5% rated a company with a strong ethical/moral standpoint as being important to their job search.
One4all CEO Michael Dawson, said: “What’s interesting is a high number of workers feel motivated to work longer hours for a smaller company.
“People are happier to give up their hard-earned free time to help a smaller business flourish, which is a very positive thing for growing Irish companies, and for the Irish economy in general.”