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How RECOGNITION Can Help Employees Work Happy

What Employees Want & What Managers Think They Want

Money reigns supreme for workers, followed by paid time off, and employers know it.

On a scale of 1 to 5, the type of recognition employees value most:

(1 being not valued and 5 being highly valued)

Paid Time Off4.234.32
In-person thank-you 3.923.92
Gift/gift card 3.803.77
Handwritten thank-you 3.563.69
Professional development opportunities 3.543.77
Recognition in front of colleagues3.543.94

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You Better Recognize (Your Workers)

2 in 3 employees (66%) would likely leave their current position if they didn’t feel appreciated by their manager.

That’s up from 51% who said that in 2012.

But only 54% of managers think it’s common for workers to leave due to a lack of recognition.

Thanks, But No Thanks

Some of the STRANGEST forms of recognition ever received at work:

A rock that said “you rock” on it
Loaf of bread
Key to an executive bathroom that didn’t exist
Plush toy
Meat from a hunting trip
Expired gift certificate

Some of the BEST forms of recognition ever received at work:

Fancy watch
Employee of the year award
Cash bonus
New car
All-expenses-paid trip
Handwritten card from COO
VIP sports tickets

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Source: OfficeTeam surveys of 763 workers and 609 senior managers in the United States and Canada

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