Employers with a workplace culture that promotes employee recognition and connection have more productive and engaged workers, according to a new survey by Workhuman and Gallup Inc.
The survey, which polled more than 7,500 full- or part-time working adults in the U.S., found among those who strongly agreed recognition is an important part of their workplace culture are up to 91 per cent more likely to be thriving than those who disagreed with the statement. Respondents who strongly agreed they get the right amount of recognition for the work they do are also up to 84 per cent more likely to be thriving.
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Employees who strongly agreed they get the right amount of recognition for the work they do are 73 per cent less likely to report being burned out “always” or “very often,” while employees who strongly agreed the recognition they receive is authentic are 68 per cent less likely to report burnout.
The survey also found employees are 65 per cent less likely to experience burnout when they receive the same amount of recognition as others with comparable performance, 56 per cent less likely when recognition is an important part of workplace culture and 55 per cent less likely when their organization has a system in place for recognizing life events or work milestones.
“Gallup’s previous research has gone a long way to show, convincingly, that well-being matters at work — it impacts engagement and performance in ways that cost organizations dearly,” said Ellyn Maese, senior researcher at Gallup, in a press release. “It is evident that recognizing employees boosts their well-being in many facets of their lives and corporations need to make it a priority. When incorporated strategically, recognition provides a foundation for employees to flourish.”