How simple act of recognition can help struggling employees

'It takes little to no budget to give praise' stresses Workhuman report

How simple act of recognition can help struggling employees

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Many workers continue to struggle during and after work as we near the two-year mark since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nearly six in 10 (58%) say they do not think much about what they’re doing at work and function on autopilot, while 44% claim they have trouble staying focused at work, finds the survey done by Workhuman. Plus, 54% say they feel mentally exhausted and drained after every workday.

Meanwhile, the brain functions much differently given all the virtual meetings many have had to attend, according to one expert.

Appreciation wanted

Expressing appreciation will be an effective way to help out workers, according to the survey of more than 2,200 employees in the U.S., Ireland, Canada and the U.K. conducted in November.

“It takes little to no budget – perhaps a shift in mindset – to give praise when you see someone doing something right, rather than waiting for a formal review,” says Two Years into COVID: The State of Human Connection at Work. “We’re all human and feel seen when we’re shown appreciation.”

Specifically, workers who were thanked in the last month are half as likely to be looking for a new job (24% compared with 48%) and more than twice as likely to be highly engaged (48% compared with 21%).

These workers are also more than twice as likely to feel respected at work (82% compared with 34%) and more than three times as likely to see a path to grow in their current organization (59% compared with 19%).

“The one easy fix that has a big impact – expressing appreciation – is nowhere near where it needs to be. It’s a proven fact that recognition has a positive effect and so many more factors that can help a business improve its culture and its bottom line. Organizations need to lean into their ‘thank you’ muscles, or they’ll continue to say goodbye to their employees,” says Chris French, executive vice president at Workhuman.

Stress levels are much higher today than they were at the beginning of the pandemic, according to another survey.

Great resignation continues

Employers would be wise to address this issue considering the “great resignation” seems to be continuing, according to the report. 36% of workers are looking to switch jobs as of November, compared with 38% in June, and still much higher compared with 21% in December 2019.

Half of workers (50%) have noticed an increase in people leaving their organization. And among those who noticed the increase, 26% have considered leaving their organization as well and 19% have doubted the stability of their employer’s business.

However, nearly two thirds of workers (62%) say they would return to their former employer if they could get better pay (38%) and benefits (23%) and do meaningful work (16%).

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