Older workers are more likely to be motivated by pride in their performance rather than by pay rises and bonuses, according to new research.
More than half of older staff listed client service, teamwork and self-fulfilment as important in their day-to-day roles, a survey of 1,100 adults by employment firm Adecco found.
Most of those questioned said that recognition from their boss also influenced their performance at work.
Steven Kirkpatrick, managing director of Adecco, said older workers tended to be more committed to their posts.
Mr Kirkpatrick also said they had a strong sense of pride in their work.
He added: "The continued desire of older workers to go the extra mile at work shows a commitment to high standards that will stand anyone in good stead throughout their working life and suggests that the energy and passion that are so important remain in sound health as employees' careers progress."