A survey which found that 71 per cent of staff have given up looking for their dream jobs has also found that 51 per cent believe that enjoying their role is the most important thing.
The survey carried out by uSwitch shows that employee motivation should be at the top of any organisation's list in order to retain good staff.
Of those surveyed only six per cent said that they were in their dream job and for some it was not because it hadn't been offered to them.
A total of 28 per cent of people have had to pass up the chance to undertake their preferred career due to the lack of security, money or flexibility it would offer.
Michael Ossei, personal finance expert at uSwitch, said: "It’s a sad reflection of the economic climate that very few people now feel able to pursue the job of their dreams.
"When weighing up the benefits of doing something you love compared with financial and job security, Brits are taking a very pragmatic approach - we’re ditching our dreams and plumping for security."
Money is not everything in the job market however, and companies that offer their staff benefits such as flexible working will find that employees are more likely to stay.
Around 29 per cent of staff in the UK are looking for jobs and the current trend in unemployment looks set to continue until 2013 at least.
In such difficult times the working population is grateful to be employed and even more so if the job that they carry out is enjoyable on a day-to-day basis.
This means that the quest for the elusive dream job is less important for many, who just want to know their job is secure and the bills are paid.
Mr Ossei said: "But while financial security and having a secure job are a premium today, this climate will eventually pass so I would urge people to plan ahead."
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