Just in time for Thanksgiving, a survey of American workers examined the importance of feeling appreciated, especially amid the struggles of 2020.
The survey of 2,000 working adults who work from home revealed that workers haven’t felt much gratitude from their employers since they stopped traveling.
Seven in ten say they are working harder, and harder, than ever before, and three-quarters of those surveyed said their mental health would likely improve if they received more appreciation and recognition.
Without appreciation, employees may not be going the extra mile for long, as two-thirds (68%) say they feel unmotivated to work as everything they do seems to go unnoticed.
When asked what they would love to hear more of at work, a simple “thank you” topped the list. “I appreciate you doing that” and “that was helpful” came in second and third.
Being told that ‘your time is valuable’ and that you exceeded expectations completed the top five.
The survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Motivosity They found that seven out of ten said appreciation means more when it comes from a manager or executive.
“Companies know that the mental health of their teams has become a major concern,” said Scott Johnson, founder of Motivosity. “More than 74% of employees indicated that their mental health is linked to how well they feel appreciated at work. Successful employers will have a meaningful plan to address that. “
Work isn’t the only place where a little appreciation goes a long way. Half of Americans feel that no one in the house appreciates them.
Three out of five (63%) confessed to feeling that they are carrying the full weight of certain tasks and that nobody cares.
Two of the main weaknesses for the assessment were not receiving any credit or thanks for taking care of clothes (42%) and regularly cleaning the bathroom (40%).
Four in five (79%) said that knowing they were appreciated would be a huge boost to their mental health on a daily basis.
Almost half of those surveyed said words were their preferred method of appreciation and 39% think a small gift is in order.
“If you’re trying to improve your company culture, focus on gratitude and appreciation,” Johnson said. “Allow teams and individuals to appreciate each other. That’s the kind of culture that keeps customers happy and wins “Best Places to Work” awards! “
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