For many, the holiday season means receiving gifts at work. From cash to time off, there are multitudes of ways companies decide to show appreciation to employees. In a recent poll, we asked Movin’ On Up readers how they wish their employers, or future employers, showed appreciation this time of year, and the results are in!
Cash Still Tops the List
According to our poll, the majority of readers (27%) would most appreciate a cash bonus, followed by 16% who would appreciate a day off from work. An additional 15% reported a desire for “employee training and advancement opportunities.”
Tickets to movies or other entertainment events received 13% of the vote, followed by “a flexible parental leave plan or work from home day” with 9%. Additionally, 6% of respondents would most appreciate a massage, and 2% would welcome a rotating trophy of appreciation.
Again this year, the poll results indicate that employees would greatly appreciate a simple thank-you from the boss. Five percent of readers selected “an employee-wide email noting appreciation for specific employees,” and 3% selected “recognition through social media.” Participants also selected “Other” and responded with their own thoughts, including:
- “A personal, genuine ‘thank you’ from my boss and his boss”
- “Acknowledgement of effort”
- “Direct compliments”
- “Just a simple card of thanks from a supervisor”
Other submitted answers include:
- “Fair and kind treatment”
- “Listening to what we say”
- “Profit sharing”
- “Paid time off”
- “Better insurance”
- “Lunch together”
- “Flexible schedule”
Comparing Last Year’s Numbers
These results don’t greatly differ from last year’s, which revealed that 29% of respondents would most appreciate a cash bonus, followed by 23% who selected pay raises, and 16% who chose days off.
Likewise, last year’s results also revealed that a simple note of appreciation would speak volumes to the workforce. In fact, we’ve seen a steady rise in the number of readers who value appreciation from their supervisors. In 2014, 31% of readers wrote that they wanted appreciation. In 2015, that number rose to 42%. This year, the number again rose to 50%.
These results reveal that some of the most powerful gifts may be the easiest and least expensive to give.
How do you wish your company showed appreciation? Share with us in the comments section below!
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