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Thursday, February 21, 2013

British workforce feels undervalued, research reveals

Nearly half of British workers do not feel appreciated at work, new research has revealed.

A survey of more than 2,000 workers by office experts Avery Rewards found that people do not receive the proper credit for their work.

Astonishingly, one in four respondents disclosed that they have never received a thank you from their boss. Interestingly, 47 per cent they were actually paid a fair wage, but felt that their superiors failed to effectively manage them and show enough appreciation.

Introducing the findings, George Corbett of Avery Rewards, said: "Most people put a lot of effort into the work they do each day and take a lot of pride in what they do, but it seems many don't receive the thanks they' d like."

"There's always a difference between what you're expected to do and going the extra mile, and a simple thank you at the right moment can really have an impact on workplace morale.

"In a tough economic climate workers are being squeezed more than ever before to ensure they perform so it's important to feel appreciated."

A third of participants have said they have stop expecting any form of appreciation, while those who do receive a show of gratitude are not always convinced that it's sincere.

When feeling underappreciated, employees' first reaction was to start caring less about their work and put in a lot less effort. A further fifth of people will start refreshing their C.V. to get them through.

Overall, just a third of people find their job rewarding, and one in four people have to treat themselves at least once a week in order to cheer themselves up from work.

Corbett added: "Sometimes it's easy to feel a little taken for granted and in those times it's important to keep a level head and focus on rewarding ourselves when we deserve it and need to unwind away from the office."

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