Looking for passion at work? Try small businesses

By | Small Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Passion is in short supply in the workplace. But if you want to find workers who love their jobs, you're more likely to find them at smaller businesses rather than larger ones.

That's a finding of a study by consulting firm Deloitte that looked at the characteristics of passionate workers and where they can be found.

Characteristics of passionate workers — commitment to the work they do beyond their own companies, going above and beyond expectations and seeking out and interacting with others to share interests — are found in only 11 percent of the U.S. workforce. But in companies with fewer than 1,000 workers those characteristics are found in 13 percent of employees.

Not a surprise, Deloitte says.

"In smaller companies, individuals tend to have more control of their jobs and also more clarity around how their actions impact the overall objectives of the company," the study says.

Passionate workers tend to have more freedom, autonomy and room for creativity, and they tend to be in management or marketing jobs. And, they told Deloitte researchers that their work environments aren't like a typical corporation. For example, they're encouraged to take initiatives or voice their opinions.

In larger companies, workers' roles are still structured for maxium efficiency, Deloitte says.

Deloitte's advice for companies?

"Identify elements in the work environment that threaten or discourage passion and remove these barriers as quickly as possible."

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