Employee Recognition Keeps Workers From Leaving

Nearly half (49 percent) of workers interviewed in a recent survey said they would be somewhat or very likely to leave their current position if they didn’t feel appreciated by their manager.

The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with 431 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in an office environment.

“Professionals want to know their contributions make a difference and will be rewarded, especially Gen Y workers,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. “Because individuals like to be acknowledged in different ways, managers should find out what their workers value most and customize recognition accordingly.”

For more survey results, including the top five recognition mistakes, click here.

Employers Should Focus on Simple Pleasures, Survey Finds

Fifty percent of American workers spend about $1,000 per year on coffee. Sixty-six percent buy their lunch instead of packing it, costing them about $2,000 a year.

These statistics from a recent Accounting Principals survey show even the small things add up for consumers. So how can your company help your employees cut down on these expenses and keep them happy?

Twenty-five percent of Americans surveyed said the would like their company to invest in better vending machine snacks, and 22 percent would like their company to invest in better coffee in the office.

In addition, 46 percent of employees say their companies should invest in better office equipment, and 32 percent would like more comfortable office chairs, according to the survey.

“As the recovery gains momentum and companies look to attract and retain talent, they should consider worrying less about big-ticket discounts and focus instead on what will impact their employees’ happiness every day,” said Jodi Chavez, senior vice president at Accounting Principals. “Small improvements around the office, such as better equipment, food and drinks, can make a big difference in workers’ morale. After all it is often the little things in life that tend to make people the happiest.”