Two-thirds of care professionals say colleagues don’t work hard enough

Lee Biggins, MD, CV-Library

Almost two-thirds of care professionals believe their colleagues don’t work hard enough, according to new research.

The survey carried out by leading job board CV-Library explores professional relationships in the workplace.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “It’s concerning to learn that almost two thirds of care professionals feel their fellow workers aren’t pulling their weight. This can be demotivating, unfair and frustrating for employees. What’s more, the negativity that professionals are reporting is bad news for both workers and businesses.”

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Of those who found that their colleagues did not work hard enough, 82.4% said this impacted how they felt about their job.

A further two-thirds (62.3%) said they worked with people they disliked or found frustrating, with over a quarter (28.3%) stating that their workplace had a negative atmosphere because of this.

When asked how they felt as a result of others’ negativity the top five responses were: wanting to leave (50%); dreading going to work (21.4%); low team morale (14.3%); awkward working environment (7.1%); and wanting colleagues to leave (7.1%).

Despite the majority of care professionals saying they always supported their colleagues (90.2%), 19.7% admitted they felt jealous when their co-workers were promoted.

Over a third (36.7%) admitted to discussing their salaries with colleagues, with 22.7% being jealous if they did not earn as much as their colleagues or if they received a pay rise.

Lee added: “While professionals in the care sector do claim to support their colleagues, it’s apparent that this can be challenging when competition, pay and the desire for success gets in the way. Work can be stressful, so it’s important that employees do have those support systems in place to help them. Plus it’s a shame that a number of people admit to feeling jealous of their co-workers success.

“If you’ve missed out on an opportunity, promotion or pay rise that your colleague received, remember that you shouldn’t compare your success to theirs. However, it might be worth asking for feedback from your manager to find out what you can do next time.”

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