Feeling valued at work linked to well-being, performance

One-half of those unhappy intending to look for work: Survey
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 03/08/2012

One-half of all employees who say they do not feel valued at work intend to look for a new job in the next year, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Employees who feel valued are more likely to report better physical and mental health, as well as higher levels of engagement, satisfaction and motivation, compared to those who do not feel valued by their employers, found the survey of 1,714 adults in the United States.

Almost all employees (93 per cent) who reported feeling valued said that they are motivated to do their best at work and 88 per cent reported feeling engaged. This compares to 33 per cent and 38 per cent, respectively, of those who said they do not feel valued.

Among employees who feel valued, 21 per cent said they intend to look for a new job in the next year compared to 50 per cent of those who said that they do not feel valued, found the APA.

A variety of factors were linked to feeling undervalued at work, including having fewer opportunities for involvement in decision-making (24 per cent versus 84 per cent), being less satisfied with the potential for growth and advancement (nine per cent versus 70 per cent), having fewer opportunities to use flexible work arrangements (20 per cent versus 59 per cent) and being less likely to say they are receiving adequate monetary compensation (18 per cent versus 69 per cent) and non-monetary rewards (16 per cent versus 65 per cent).

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