Just in time for Thanksgiving, a poll of American workers examined the importance of feeling appreciated especially amidst the struggles of 2020.
The survey of 2,000 employed adults working from home revealed that workers haven’t felt much gratitude from their employers since they stopped commuting.
Seven in ten say they’re working more—and harder—than ever before, and three-quarters of respondents said their mental health would likely improve if they received more appreciation and recognition.
Without thanks employees may not be going above and beyond for long, since two-thirds (68%) say they feel unmotivated to work since everything they do seems to go unnoticed.
When asked what they would love to hear more at work a simple “thank you” topped the list. “I appreciate you doing that” and “that was helpful” came in second and third place.
Being told your ‘time is valuable’ and that you exceeded expectations rounded out the top five.
The survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Motivosity found seven in ten said appreciation means the most when it comes from a manager or executive.
“Companies know that the mental health of their teams has become a significant concern,” said Scott Johnson, Founder of Motivosity. “More than 74% of employees indicated that their mental health is tied 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 like nobody around the house appreciates them.
Three in five (63%) confessed to feeling like they’re carrying all the weight with certain chores and that no one cares.
Two of the main pain points for appreciation were not getting any credit or thanks for taking care of the laundry (42%) and regularly cleaning the bathroom (40%).
Four in five (79%) said that knowing they were appreciated would be a big boost for their mental health on a daily basis.
Nearly half of respondents 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. “Enable teams and individuals to be appreciative of each other. That’s the kind of culture that keeps customers happy and wins “Best Places to Work” awards!”