Social enterprise staff 'have more pride at work'

Employees of social enterprises show more pride in their work than their counterparts in the public, private and voluntary sectors, according to a poll by Social Enterprise London.

In a survey to which 106 people responded, 59 per cent of social enterprise employees said they were proud of the organisations they worked for, as opposed to a composite rating of 27 per cent across the other sectors.

Whereas only 30 per cent of public, private and voluntary sector employees said they agreed with the missions and goals of their workplaces, 67 per cent of social enterprise employees claimed they did so.

Sixty-four per cent of social enterprise workers did not consider discrimination to be an issue in their offices, compared with 50 per cent in the private sector, 22 per cent in the private sector and 23 per cent in the public sector.

The figures were similar for harassment, with 66 per cent of social enterprise employees saying it was not a problem, compared with 53 per cent in the voluntary sector, 33 per cent in the private sector and 20 per cent in the public sector.

“It is extremely pleasing to see that employees of social enterprises feel genuinely connected with their organisational aims and proud of the work they do,” said Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of SEL. “The findings suggest that what marks social enterprises out is the sense of ownership employees have over the achievements of their organisations.”

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