Workers slack with no thanks
MORE than half of Australian workers are slacking off at work because they do not get enough recognition for their hard work, new research shows.
Global talent management firm SHL commissioned the research, which finds the relationship between managers and their team has a direct effect on productivity for 55 per cent of workers.
National director Stephanie Christopher says acknowledging the efforts of a team or individual does not always have to be a grand gesture and many managers do not ‘‘ have a clue’’ how to motivate their team.
‘‘Simple things such as recognition for long hours, extra effort and excellent results play strongly in employees feeling of appreciation and belonging at work,’’ she says.
‘‘For some, recognition at a team meeting with a song and dance is going to get them pumped for the next win. Others take to oneon-one recognition better.
‘‘There is no standard approach. Managers need to be adaptable.’’
The SHL research also finds employee expectations of managers changed in the past 12 months, with employees wanting their bosses to be honest and trustworthy rather than provide recognition in 2011.