UK workforce doesn’t expect Olympic morale boost: poll


LONDON — More than half of Britain-based employees believe the London Olympics will have no effect on workforce morale as the country struggles to exit a deepening recession, a poll showed on Wednesday. A survey by business performance consultants Lane4 — a firm run by Olympic swimming gold medalist Adrian Moorhouse — showed 58 percent of respondents thought the Games would have no effect on workforce morale. A further 18 percent claimed that any morale boost from the Olympics which officially start in two days would be “short-lived,” Lane4 said. Its New Motivation Barometer also revealed that “a third of British employees feel demotivated because of the current economic climate.” Lane4 managing director Moorhouse, who won gold for Britain at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 by winning the 100 meters breaststroke, said the findings “show that the UK’s workforce is at a seriously low ebb.”

He added: “The London Olympic Games is not expected to make things feel any better.” Research group OnePoll, which carried out the survey on behalf of Lane4, questioned 1,500 Britain-based adults earlier this month.

Its findings come as official data due later Wednesday was expected to reveal that Britain’s economy contracted in the second quarter — deepening its recession. Britain has posted two successive quarters of negative GDP output since late 2011.