, UK United Kingdom (PressExposure) November 02, 2007 -- Barclays Local Business research reveals untapped potential of todayâs workforce. Workers caught staring into space at their desk or âaway with the fairiesâ during business meetings are a mass of untapped, entrepreneurial talent, according to research from Barclays Local Business.
The latest survey by Barclays Local Business [http://www.business.barclays.co.uk/BRC1/jsp/brccontrol?site=bbb&task=channelFWvi2&value=5793&target=_self] reveals how employees showing signs of distraction are likely to get out and start their own business, as nearly half of todayâs UK business bosses (44 per cent) admit to having plotted their entrepreneurial future whilst daydreaming in the work place of a previous employer.
Although an increasing number of bosses are paranoid about employees wasting time at work on social networking sites like Facebook, it appears they cannot stop employees from dreaming of a more productive and satisfying future in their working life.
John Davis, marketing director for Barclays Local Business [http://www.business.barclays.co.uk/BRC1/jsp/brccontrol?site=bbb&task=channelFWvi2&value=5793&target=_self] said: âThis survey highlights what many bosses have probably suspected for a long time â that for some employees, their current job is the last thing on their mind when they are at work. However, whilst they may be wasting their employerâs time they are not necessarily being idle; as they are planning for their own future. For budding entrepreneurs, the routine of their day-job can spark dreams of going onto bigger and better things.â
These dreamers turned entrepreneurs clearly know the value of downtime with only eight per cent interrupting their holidays to come up with a killer small business [http://www.business.barclays.co.uk/BRC1/jsp/brccontrol?site=bbb&task=channelFWvi2&value=5793&target=_self] idea. Similarly, just six per cent were prepared to think about being their own boss in between pints down the pub. Itâs also no surprise then that the survey also reveals that almost 40 per cent of UK business bosses view plain old common sense as the winning ingredient for ongoing success.
Davis added: âFor employers there is nothing more frustrating than letting untapped talent slip through the net as staff showing entrepreneurial signs provide huge benefits and help small, medium or larger companies grow. Perhaps it will serve as a warning to any boss that they shouldnât take their eye off the ball when it comes to keeping their staff interested and engaged and developing their people.â
The survey also uncovers the concerns keeping aspiring entrepreneurs [http://www.business.barclays.co.uk/BRC1/jsp/brccontrol?site=bbb&task=channelFWvi2&value=5793&target=_self] awake at night; just under 40 per cent admit to feeling nervous about giving up the financial stability of a full time job, while nearly one in five (19 per cent) worry about getting into debt. Added pressure on their home life was also a worry for six per cent.