Britons would be more motivated to work if they knew there was the promise of extra holiday on the way, rather than knowing their job is safe.
A poll of 1,000 workers conducted by recruitment firm Hyphen, found that 40 per cent of workers would rather receive extra holidays over job security (33 per cent) for their efforts, reports Managers.org.uk.
Younger people in particular were the biggest advocators of more days-off work, with nearly half (49 per cent) of polled 16 to 24-year-olds, arguing that they'd work much harder for this reward in 2012.
"A greater demand for holidays and work-life balance benefits could indicate a growing shift in workplace culture where employees place greater value on non-monetary rewards," remarked Zain Wadee, managing director of Hyphen, as cited by InspiresMe.co.uk.
Despite the suggested transformation in how employees like to receive work-related rewards, cold hard cash stood out above holidays and job security as a motivational factor.
The majority of respondents (75 per cent) said that they would be more motivated to work if their pay freezes thawed, and if they were offered a raise.
Hyphen's findings clearly sum up that the two things people value most from their employer are the possibility of taking more holidays, or having more financial rewards for their work. These combined factors may then account for the increasing popularity of online prize competition draws, at a time when work pay is frozen, and employees try to maximise their holidays for less.
Mr Wadee, added that there's never been a more important time to listen to the wishes of an employee with regards to their personal motivation.
"Motivation at work in these austere times is a challenge for all employers. However, listening to the fears and changing demands of employees can help organisations understand the key drivers for employee engagement and strategically shape benefits packages that meet employee requirements," he said.