IT MAY be one of the easiest ways to show you appreciate someone, but nearly half of workers in the East Midlands have not heard the words thank you from their boss in over a year, it emerged yesterday.
A national UK study of 2,000 workers by Avery Rewards found more than one in two people feel they do not receive the proper credit for their efforts, with 48per cent of employees in the East Midlands claiming their boss doesn’t manage them well, the highest percentage in England.
Remarkably, one in four people say they have never had a thank you from their boss.
Interestingly, 43per cent of workers in the East Midlands felt they were actually paid a fair wage for their efforts, but that their superiors fail to manage them properly or show enough appreciation.
Gregg Corbett, spokesperson for office experts Avery, said: “Most people put a lot of effort into the work they do each day and take a lot of pride in what they do, but it seems many don’t receive the thanks they’d like.
“In a tough economic climate workers are being squeezed more than ever before to ensure they perform so it’s important to feel appreciated.
“Avery Rewards is our way of saying thank you for all the hard work employees across the UK undertake. With instantly redeemable e-vouchers for some of the nation’s favourite brands, the campaign shows our appreciation for employees doing a great job every day.”
The lack of a ‘thank-you’ means that six in ten people do not feel they are appreciated by their boss, with a third saying they have stopped expecting any form of appreciation. And more than half of workers in the study felt their boss favoured certain employees.
When feeling underappreciated, employees’ first reaction was to start caring less about their work and put in a lot less effort.
A third will become disillusioned if they don’t receive the proper thanks and a further fifth of people will start refreshing their CV to get them through.
But one in four hardy employees will put maximum effort into their work regardless of how happy they are.
Overall, just a third of people find their job rewarding, and one in four people have to treat themselves at least once a week in order to cheer themselves up from work.
Gregg Corbett added: “Sometimes it’s easy to feel a little taken for granted and in those times it’s important to keep a level head and focus on rewarding ourselves when we deserve it and need to unwind away from the office.
“Avery Rewards makes it easier than ever to treat yourself once in a while, with e-vouchers that can be instantly redeemed at M&S, Boots, New Look and even on some fantastic Red Letter Day experiences. So purchase packs of Avery products from your usual stationery supplier, look inside promotional packs for your unique code, register online and start thanking yourself for all your hard work!”
For more information, visit www.averyrewards.co.uk
TOP 10 THINGS THAT WORKERS APPRECIATE
1. Complimenting their work
2. A Christmas bonus
3. More flexibility with hours
4. More honesty from people
5. Being made a cup of tea once in a while
6. More appreciation of how hard it is balancing work and family commitments
7. More understanding when they have appointments
8. Colleagues remembering birthdays
9. Teambuilding exercises
10. More work socials