“Employed adults who report feeling valued by their employer are significantly more likely to report they are motivated to do their very best for their employer and recommend their workplace to others.”
That was one of the compelling findings shared by Dr. David Ballard, director of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program of the American Psychological Association, in his welcoming presentation at “Work and Well-Being 2012,” a conference held in Chicago last week.
Dr. Ballard cited a recent survey showing that 72 percent of respondents agreed with the statement “I am motivated to do my very best work for my employer.”
However, there were huge divergences within the survey respondent group. Among those who reported feeling valued by their employer, that figure was 93 percent. By sharp contrast, among those who reported not feeling valued by their employer, the figure was 33 percent.
In other words, those who felt valued at work were nearly three times more likely than those who did not to give their best efforts on the job.
Perhaps the survey results state the obvious: We’re motivated to do our best when we feel valued. And yet, isn’t it remarkable how many employers don’t get this basic point?
I was honored to present about workplace bullying at the conference, sharing the stage with Dr. Michael Leiter of Acadia University in Nova Scotia, a highly regarded expert on civility in the workplace. This short conference was packed with interesting speakers and compelling presentations. I’ll be writing about more of them in later posts.