Five Reasons Why Employees Are Thankful

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-25-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Appreciative Thoughts: Peer Acceptance
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    Appreciative Thoughts: Peer Acceptance

    24% of employees are thankful for friendly coworkers.
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    Appreciative Thoughts: Beneficial Environment
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    Appreciative Thoughts: Beneficial Environment

    20% are thankful for good benefits.
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    Appreciative Thoughts: Smooth Ride
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    Appreciative Thoughts: Smooth Ride

    16% are thankful for an easy commute.
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    Appreciative Thoughts: Up to the Task
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    Appreciative Thoughts: Up to the Task

    15% are thankful for challenging work assignments.
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    Appreciative Thoughts: High Praise
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    Appreciative Thoughts: High Praise

    11% are thankful for supportive managers.
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    Generation Gap
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    Generation Gap

    34% of workers under 35 are thankful for friendly co-workers, which is twice that of those age 35 to 44.
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    How to Keep Employee Appreciation Levels High: Out-of-Cubicle Experience

    To encourage relationship building, allow employees to get away from their desks and collaborate, or even celebrate, with peers.
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    How to Keep Employee Appreciation Levels High: Just Within Reach
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    How to Keep Employee Appreciation Levels High: Just Within Reach

    Come up with winning assignments that push employees beyond their normal comfort zone while giving them every chance to succeed.
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    How to Keep Employee Appreciation Levels High: Taking Charge
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    How to Keep Employee Appreciation Levels High: Taking Charge

    Emerge as a strong advocate for your IT teams by proactively supporting their career development and evangelizing their good work to organization influencers outside IT.
 

Aside from providing large salaries, big bonuses and all kinds of cushy perks, what can you do to make your staffers thankful for being at work? Try a combination of proactive, professional developmental efforts, along with the fostering of an inviting work environment, according to a recent survey from OfficeTeam. Fortunately, CIOs can address many—but not all—of these needs through an effective, holistic leadership style. They can cultivate, for example, a friendly office culture in which professionals not only enjoy working with each other, but they actually like their colleagues. "Many full-time workers spend more than half of their waking hours at the office, so having friendly co-workers can make all the difference," says Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. Taking a genuine interest in their careers helps, too. And as daily commutes can wear down an employee, it doesn't hurt to remain open to work-from-home days and flex schedules. (Salary and other compensation criteria were not considered for the purposes of the survey.) More than 400 U.S. workers took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here.  

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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