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Quarry workers were among the most engaged workers in the survey.
Quarry workers were among the most engaged workers in the survey.

Quarrymen 8th on list of most motivated workers

In a recent survey to determine which industries have the most and the least motivated workforces, quarrying came through with a pleasing result. 
A survey of 5330 Australian employees conducted by Right Management measured workers’ emotional and intellectual commitments to their job and to the success of their organisation. 

While quarry workers were not the highest on the list, they appeared at number eight, just a few percentage points below educators on a list of 27 occupations.

Soldiers were the most motivated workers in Australia at 50.4 per cent, followed by insurance industry personnel at 49.1 per cent and those working in accountancy at 48.5 per cent.

Workers in biotechnology had the lowest engagement at 23.9 per cent, followed by the agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing industry at 25.1 per cent and retail at 28.9 per cent.

Right Management general manager Bridget Beattie said armed forces rated so highly because they had strong leadership at a macro level.

Accountants and insurance brokers rated well because of the type of work they do.

Ms Beattie said that high engagement was important because happy workers were more productive, easier to retain and they gave customers a better experience that helped bottom line performance.

The report also found that the older workers are more likely to be motivated. But the report also found that the longer a person works for an organisation the less motivated they become.

The top reasons workers become disengaged is because they don’t feel there is a career for them in their organisation, and they don’t think their job is aligned with their strengths, Ms Beattie said.

The overall engagement by industry results are as follows:
Armed forces - 50.4 per cent
Insurance (includes reassurance and broking) - 49.1 per cent
Accountancy - 48.5 per cent
Utilities (eg electricity, gas and water supply) - 41.9 per cent
Legal services (law firms) - 40.9 per cent
Other not-for-profit organisations (eg trade associations, charities) - 40.6 per cent
Education - 39.8 per cent
Mining and quarrying (includes oil rigs and wells) - 38.4 per cent
Healthcare and social work (eg hospitals) - 37.6 per cent
Australian Federal Government (eg government departments and agencies) -37.5 per cent
Banking and finance (excluding insurance) - 35.7 per cent
Information technology - 35.5 per cent
Manufacturing - 35.3 per cent
Construction - 34.7 per cent
Recreational, cultural & sporting activities - 34.6 per cent
Pharmaceuticals - 33.4 per cent
Restaurants, hotels, clubs and gaming – 32.4 per cent
Property and real estate - 32.3 per cent
Other professional services (includes consultancy) - 31.8 per cent
Australian State Government (eg government departments and agencies) - 31.7 per cent
Wholesale trade - 31.3 per cent
Transport and storage (includes transport and logistics by land, sea and air) -31 per cent
Australian Local Government (councils) - 29.4 per cent
Communication (includes telecoms and postal sectors) - 29.2 per cent
Retail - 28.9 per cent
Agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing industry - 25.1 per cent
Biotechnology - 23.9 per cent

Sources: The Daily Telegraph, Right Management

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