Work­ers slack with no thanks

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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.

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