We just want to say thank you. For all your hard work this week. It’s massively appreciated.
Do those words sound familiar to you? Chances are, they don’t. According to a new study – released to coincide with International Worker’s Day yesterday – over half of us feel under-appreciated at work. The research, carried out by monster.co.uk, found that 58% of us don’t think ‘thank you’ is said enough in the work place – and 41% of us feel demotivated because of it.
In Mad Men, when Peggy Olsen confronts boss Don Draper about him never saying thanks, he rages indignantly at her: “That’s what the money is for!” It’s a valid point – should we expect constant gratitude for what we’re essentially paid to do? Behaviour psychologist Corrine Sweet thinks so. She says: “Employees would rather receive appreciation than extra cash. This is because ‘thanks’ is a positive reinforcement of hard effort and productivity.”
It’s true that there’s nothing more disheartening than working your socks off on a project, only for your boss to not even acknowledge your efforts. After all, it’s just two little words – and we don’t mean ‘pay rise’ (although that would be nice too, obviously).
It’s worth it too, as a survey last year by careers site Glassdoor found that 80 percent of employees are motivated to work harder when they feel appreciated, and are also more likely to stay at their company for longer.
So c’mon, show us a little gratitude. We’ve worked hard for it, after all.