Kaspersky Lab says ‘risk takers reap rewards’

According to new research from Kaspersky Lab, 35% of UK consumers agreed they would be further up the career ladder if they had taken more risks in the workplace.

Despite this, taking a risk is still seen as a negative trait by 30% of Brits.

For 54% of respondents, there have been moments in their life where they wished they had taken a risk but didn’t; 45% also agreed that they don’t take enough risks in life.

Leon Ifayemi, co-founder of SPCE, commented: “I built up my experience and contact base and eventually took the ultimate risk – I quit my job to start my own company.

‘Risks to get ahead in the workplace’

“Not being cash rich, we couldn’t afford to pay for all the roles we required so my entire team of 20 decided to take a risk of their own, by agreeing to have their salaries subsidised with equity. This was a testament to the strength of our proposition and people’s commitment to our vision, despite the risks we faced.”

Despite 10% of UK adults saying they are prepared to take more risks online than in real life, face-to-face still prevails for those wanting to take a risk to get ahead in the workplace.

Over 39% felt that our society is too risk adverse and 30% think that taking risks is seen as a negative trait.

David Emm, principal security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, added: “The online world empowers people – giving them a confidence that they don’t have in the face-to-face world. 16% of the people we surveyed said they were more confident online than they would be in person.

‘Secure the moves you make online’

“People often say that it’s better to regret something you’ve done rather than something you haven’t. Taking risks is a good thing and people shouldn’t be afraid to take advantage of all the opportunities that are out there – and the role that the online world plays in making things happen.

“But whilst taking risks is good, this is not the same thing as being reckless and no one should let their guard down online – it’s vital to secure the moves you make online in the pursuit of success.”

The research was conducted in November 2017 by Arlington Research for Kaspersky Lab by 2,000 adults from the UK.

Written from press release by Leah Alger