Start-ups and SMEs are the workplace of choice for a large majority of Irish workers. Smaller companies in Ireland are perceived to be better in a number of key areas, notably in providing better opportunities for career development, making friends, and having the best company culture.
The research commissioned by One4all has shown that two-thirds (67%) of Irish people would prefer to work for an SME (10-250 employees) or start-up (less than 10 employees) company. Irish workers also feel that SMEs and start-ups have the best office culture, with a massive 71% of respondents in agreement.
The ever-growing millennial workforce is also following this trend, with close to half (46%) of those aged 18 – 24 preferring to work in an SME and a further 19% saying they would prefer to work in a start-up.
Exactly half of Irish workers feel working for a smaller company allows more opportunities to broaden their skill set, with just under half (46%) saying that they feel smaller companies care more about their career development compared to larger companies.
The survey results also show that Irish workers are willing to put in the hours for start-ups and growing companies, with 44% of people surveyed agreeing that they would be more motivated to give up their free time and work longer hours for a smaller company, compared to a large company such as a multinational.
Looking at the benefits of working for a smaller company compared to a larger company, 63% feel that if they do good work at a smaller company it is more likely to get noticed than in a large company, which has much more employees with more competition for recognition.
Over half (57%) of Irish workers believe that they make better work relationships working for a smaller company, this is likely due to being part of a smaller team, when compared to larger companies where some staff might feel they get lost in the crowd.
Commenting on the research, CEO of One4all, Michael Dawson said, "This latest survey into office culture has thrown up some hugely interesting results, some of which will be music to the ears of smaller businesses looking to compete with larger companies for the best talent. Increasingly, we see people considering culture in a workplace as an important factor in their job search, and the results imply that – for the Irish worker - smaller businesses are cream of the crop in this regard. Not only that, but they are the desired place to work for over two thirds of the population."