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A fifth of workers say they would never promote their achievements at their workplace with women more likely not to do so than men.
The survey of over 1,000 workers by Pitman Training Group found 19% said they would never self-promote in a workplace.
Some 37% admitted to having left an achievement out of their CV and 17% said they would never ask for a promotion with nearly 19% of women saying this compared to 15% of men.
Younger workers were more likely to be modest than older ones.
Older workers – aged 45-54 – proved the most confident in terms of progression with 82%, stating they would ask for a promotion (although women were less likely to say they would than men) and 87% claiming they would enter an award at work (with women again less likely to do so than men).
Claire Lister, MD at Pitman Training Group, said: “I’ve found these results really interesting as I expected younger workers to be very forthright about promoting themselves, and thought women particularly were becoming more empowered – but these results show the opposite, and that in fact it’s the older generation who are the most likely to shout about their achievements at work.
This may be because more 45-54 year olds associated success with the courage to chase life dreams, than their younger colleagues and it’s this attitude that drives them on.
On the whole Brits need to get rid of the stiff upper lip that could be holding them back and be proud of their achievements, to fully benefit from them.”