Whether employees work on-site or remotely, they prefer their employers and colleagues show appreciation through kind words, according to a new survey by Appreciation at Work.
The survey, which polled 130,000 U.S. workers, found almost half (48 per cent) of on-site employees and more than a third (38 per cent) of remote workers preferred words of affirmation when it comes to showing appreciation in the workplace.
The next most popular method of showing appreciation was quality time, which the survey defined as a manager or co-worker taking time to listen, spending time with co-workers or working collaboratively. It was preferred by 35 per cent of remote employees and 25 per cent of on-site workers.
The survey also found 22 per cent of on-site employees and 19 per cent of remote workers prefer acts of service, while just seven per cent of remote employees and six per cent of on-site workers said they prefer tangible gifts.
“We have learned that to achieve effective communication of appreciation to remote colleagues, one must be more proactive than in face-to-face relationships,” said Paul White, president of Appreciation at Work, in a press release.