A new survey shows that remote workers are struggling and working hard but getting few kudos from management. Among the findings:
- Over half of 2,000 respondents say they haven’t felt much gratitude from their bosses or other higher ups.
- 70% say they are working harder than ever before.
- 68% report feeling unmotivated as the pandemic drags on. About a third (29%) say they only do what’s expected of them, while 26% report taking their time completing assignments.
- 79% say that some expression of appreciation would boost their daily mental health.
In addition to their work burdens, 63% of respondents say they feel like they are doing most or all of the work around their homes—including childcare, cleaning, cooking, laundry, and running errands.
As three-quarters of workers say their mental health is closely associated to their sense of appreciation at work, it behooves managers and others to find ways to say ‘thank you.’ While survey respondents say a small gift or cash would be appreciated, most agree that verbal and written expressions of appreciation would go a long way toward boosting their morale.