Not Enough Thanks - Survey: Canadian Executives Say They Recognize Staff Often Enough - But Employees Would Like More

Not Enough Thanks - Survey: Canadian Executives Say They Recognize Staff Often 
Enough - But Employees Would Like More Appreciation 
TORONTO, June 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Gratitude can go a long way toward building 
positive working relationships, and executives might have room for improvement 
in this area, suggests new research by Accountemps. Among businesses of all 
sizes, 85 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) surveyed said they feel 
they do an adequate job of recognizing their employees. However, 41 percent of 
office workers interviewed in a separate survey said they don't receive enough 
thanks for doing a great job. 
Looking at regional differences, office workers from Quebec (70 percent) 
topped the list of respondents who reported receiving enough appreciation from 
their manager. The survey also revealed that in the United States, workers (76 
percent) feel more appreciated than their Canadian colleagues and a majority 
of executives(65 percent) reported thanking their employees often enough. 
The surveys were developed by Accountemps, the world's first and largest 
specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping 
professionals. They were conducted by an independent research firm and are 
based on telephone interviews with more than 260 CFOs and online interviews 
with more than 280 office employees across Canada. 
CFOs were asked, "Do you feel you thank your employees often enough when they 
do a good job on an assignment or project?" Their responses: 
Yes..................................................................... 85%
No..................................................................... 15% 
Office employees were asked, "Do you feel your manager thanks you often enough 
when you do a good job on an assignment or project?" Their responses: 
Yes..................................................................... 59%
No..................................................................... 41% 
"Everyone wants to feel like their on-the-job contributions are recognized and 
valued," said Greg Scileppi, president of Robert Half, International Staffing 
Operations. "Although compensation is important, professionals also want to 
know that their work makes a difference." 
Accountemps offers five tips for managers on effectively recognizing employees: 
1. Give timely praise. When employees go above and beyond the call of 
 duty, don't wait to acknowledge it. The sooner you recognize the 
 achievement, the greater the impact your action will have.
  2. Make it count. Cash isn't the only reward that carries weight. 


     Vacation days, movie tickets and even handwritten cards can mean
     just as much. Ask employees what type of acknowledgement they find
     most satisfying to ensure your recognition program remains


 relevant to them.
  3. Scale recognition to fit the achievement. A heartfelt "thank you" 
 may be enough for smaller accomplishments, but truly outstanding 
 performance should be acknowledged more ceremoniously.
  4. Take note of accomplishments. Track employee achievements so you 
 can highlight them during feedback sessions and performance 
 reviews.
  5. Foster a culture of recognition. Praise from colleagues is often 


     as meaningful as a nod from a manager. So be sure to support a
     corporate culture that encourages members of your team to commend


 each other openly for a job well done.
  6. Ask for their opinion. Consider surveying employees if your 


     company does not currently do so. Getting feedback in this way can
     help to ensure employers and their staff are in sync on
     recognition efforts and also could open the door for a better
     organizational communication.

About Accountemps

Accountemps is the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for 
temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The company has 
more than 345 offices worldwide and offers online job search services at 
www.accountemps.com.

Contact: Vanessa Radu (416) 350-2330 vanessa.radu@rhi.com

SOURCE: Accountemps

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CO: Accountemps
ST: Ontario
NI: ECOSURV 

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