SURVEY SAYS: Feeling Appreciated at Work

We covered a survey that found two-thirds of workers said they'd likely leave their job if they didn't feel appreciated.

By Rebecca Moore | May 01, 2017
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Last week, I asked NewsDash readers, “Do you feel appreciated at work, and what forms, if any, of appreciation does your company show?”

More than half (53.5%) of responding readers indicated they feel appreciated at work. More than one-third (34.9%) said they feel appreciated sometimes, while 11.6% said they do not feel appreciated.

Asked what forms of appreciation their companies show, 65.1% chose “verbal, written or emailed thanks,” and 51.2% selected “appreciation get-togethers, such as luncheons or picnics.” Nearly half (46.5%) said their employers give verbal recognition of employees at team meetings, and 44.2% reported their companies give bonuses.

An employee of the month, quarter, year, etc. program is offered by 23.3% of respondents’ firms, 20.9% offer gifts to employees and 9.3% provide a day off. Seven percent of respondents indicated their firms offer no forms of appreciation. “Other” responses included a paycheck; gift cards, truck raffle based on years of service, company-paid vacations; a recognition program where your peers can give you points , you can then pick a gift with your points; service anniversary gifts every five years; awards/plaques; and monetary awards.

In verbatim comments, many folks said monetary showings of appreciate are the best, while others said a simple “thank you” or “good job” would suffice. Some noted the importance of co-workers showing appreciation for each other. There were comments about what appreciation, or lack thereof, does to workers. Editor’s Choice goes to the person who said, “People are often recognized via additional responsibilities for the same compensation.” 

Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey!