A quarter of people in the UK are unhappy at work (23%) and more than a third (36%) do not feel appreciated, new research by NGA Human Resources has revealed today. The survey, published on Employee Appreciation Day, also found that over a quarter of all employees (28%) are actively looking for a new job.
Many of those questioned (37%) said more regular praise is key in making them feel more appreciated at work, demonstrating that a simple “Thank you” can go a long way in improving staff morale.
Despite this, the majority of companies (67%) don’t have a visible and formal employee appreciation scheme in place,according to those questioned.
Currently, the most common ways for employers to show their appreciation of staff include regular praise (41%) and financial rewards / bonuses (23%). However, whether they feel appreciated or not, two-thirds (65%) of employees want more financial recognition for their achievements.