BOSTON, Oct. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study from global employee engagement company Reward Gateway has found that nearly 7 in 10 employees want their employers to do more to motivate them.
The research, which surveyed 5,812 employees across the U.K., U.S., and Australia, revealed that when asked about their feelings toward their current job, American workers most likely agreed that it just "pays the bills" (54%), whereas only 13 percent agree that they have an inspiring boss.
The top reasons American workers feel demotivated are: lack of recognition (69 percent), feeling invisible or undervalued (43 percent), and having a bad manager (42 percent).
The research further uncovered the alarming effects that being unmotivated has on employees. The top five effects on employees in the U.S. are:
A decline in mood (worsens) (62 percent)
A reduction in productivity (46 percent)
A decline in mental health (45 percent)
A reduction in quality of work (37 percent)
That their diet suffers (29 percent)
Despite these effects, those who aren't motivated stated they would stay in a job for 18 months to two years. Gallup estimates U.S. businesses lose between $483 billion and $605 billion each year due to lack of motivation. It's not just individual employees bearing the brunt of being unmotivated, but businesses, too.
According to respondents, the number one reason people were motivated in their current workplace was because of good working relationships with team members (45 percent). Meanwhile, to keep people motivated in the long term, respondents stated that they would like to be shown appreciation for hard work (41 percent).
Commenting on the research, Reward Gateway's Group Director of Product & Client Success, Rob Boland said, "It's clear that employers can be doing more to motivate and engage their people in the right way.
"From our research and our experience with thousands of businesses with whom we've worked, the companies driving the greatest commercial results are the best at addressing employee motivation. These businesses center their engagement strategies on strategically recognizing their employees to boost visibility for great work, communicating openly and honestly with them regardless of location or demographic, and surveying their people regularly to understand how to constantly improve and adapt their strategy.
"To continue to help our clients motivate and engage their workforce, we've worked hard to make sure our products support what today's employees want at work: respect, purpose, and relationships."
About Reward Gateway Reward Gateway helps more than 1,800 of the world's leading companies, in 23 countries, to attract, engage, and retain their best people with an employee engagement platform that brings employee benefits, discounts, and perks, reward and recognition, employee well-being, employee communications, and employee surveys into one unified hub. Clients include American Express, Unilever, Samsung, IBM, and McDonald's. For more information, please visit www.rewardgateway.com.