37% receive recognition for good work

Just over a third (37%) of respondents receive praise and recognition when they do good work, according to research by engagement consultancy Dragonfish.

Its survey of 1,200 employees at UK organisations with more than 1,000 staff members also found that less than half (43%) of respondents feel valued for their contribution to the business.

The research also found:

  • 46% of respondents fully understand what is expected of them at work.
  • 40% of respondents are given the opportunity to be involved in business decisions that affect them.
  • 55% of respondents do not feel trusted by their line manager, and 55% of respondents do not trust their line manager in return.
  • 61% of respondents feel they are not helped by their line manager to understand their strengths and areas for improvement.

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Richard Webley (pictured), managing director at Dragonfish, said: “The problem might start with line managers but the responsibility for the employee experience [and] the organisation’s culture ultimately sits with executive teams. Senior leaders need to realise that if they want their organisation to be a long-term success, one of their most crucial tasks is building a workforce that is happy at work, full of people who want to be part of the organisation and are committed to making it a success.

“Without the building blocks in place that come from a clearly defined and shaped employee experience, even the most well thought through business plan can fall flat and deliver disappointing results.”