Research reveals why employees who feel valued are good for business

ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 11 (UPI) — Half of all U.S. employees who say they do not feel valued at work say they intend to look for a new job in the next year, a survey indicates.

A survey of 1,714 adults, conducted by Harris Interactive for the American Psychological Association, found employees who felt valued were more likely to report better physical and mental health, as well as higher levels of engagement, satisfaction and motivation, compared to those who do not feel valued by their employers.

Ninety-three percent of employees who reported feeling valued said they were motivated to do their best at work, while 33 percent who said they did not feel valued said they did their best. Eighty-eight percent of those who felt valued reported feeling engaged versus 38 percent who said they felt engaged despite not feeling valued.

Factors linked to feeling undervalued at work included having fewer opportunities for involvement in decision-making, being less satisfied with the potential for growth and advancement, and being less likely to say they are receiving adequate monetary compensation.

“The business world is in the midst of a sea change,” David W. Ballard, head of APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program, said in a statement. “Forward-thinking employers take steps to create a positive organizational culture where employees feel valued and, in turn, help drive bottom-line results.”

The survey was conducted Jan. 12 to 19. No other survey details were provided.

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