Employees who feel unmotivated in their jobs will be more difficult to hold onto, according to the Institute for Employment Studies.

Research fellow Dilys Robinson said staff are likely to leave a company "as soon as possible" if they a not inspired to perform well.

"For whatever reason they don’t want to be in that job any longer and they’re really looking for something else. It may be difficult for them to get something else but they will certainly want to go," he remarked.

Indeed, he said employee turnover correlates highly with staff morale and the intentions of employees in relation to possible departure from the organisation.

Mr Robinson’s comments follow the publication of a new report commissioned by the Trades Union Congress, which reveals that one in four UK workers feels unsatisfied with their job. It also shows that one in three does not feel engaged by their employer.