Deloitte’s Surprising New Survey of More Than 16,000 People Reveals How Employees Really Want to Be Recognized at Work

Deloitte’s Surprising New Survey of More Than 16,000 People Reveals How Employees Really Want to Be Recognized at Work

Deloitte just released the results of its survey of more than 16,000 professionals working in more than 4,000 organizations in 101 countries. The s

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Deloitte just released the results of its survey of more than 16,000 professionals working in more than 4,000 organizations in 101 countries. The survey was conducted to determine exactly how people want to be recognized, for what, and by whom.

Key takeaways include:

  • While we likely all agree that recognizing others for their work is a positive thing, people differ in how they want to be recognized, for what, and by whom.
  • Three-quarters of people are satisfied with a simple “thank you” for their everyday efforts. However, 36 percent of women would prefer you make the extra effort and put that in writing. 
  • Even when the accomplishment is significant, cash isn’t king. Across organizational levels, generations, and genders, the most valued type of recognition is a new growth opportunity. 
  • Big wins aren’t the only thing people want to be recognized for. It’s also important to recognize the effort they put in, their knowledge and expertise, and their commitment to living the organization’s core values.

  • It matters who’s recognizing who, and whether the preference is for recognition from one’s direct supervisor, from leadership, or from colleagues depends on who is being recognized.

  • Most people prefer recognition that is either shared with a few people or delivered privately, rather than widely shared.

  • Recognizing people’s unique contributions, and doing so in the ways they prefer, is one approach to demonstrating they belong, and to helping them find meaning in their work. 

There is tremendous value in understanding the perspectives of those you work with, and this includes their preferences for how they want to be recognized. This understanding can help create more successful working relationships, while fostering a workplace that validates its people and their unique contributions.

Published on: Jun 18, 2019

The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.

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