Just nine per cent of UK workers feel enthused by their work and workplace today, according to Gallup’s latest State of the Global Workplace Report*. The report concludes that the UK is home to one of the most dissatisfied workforces in Europe following a two percentage-point fall in employee engagement levels over the last year. 

The UK’s nine percent of engaged workers compares to 16 percent in Germany and 33 percent in Romania – home to Europe’s most engaged workforce. Across Europe, just 14 per cent of people feel engaged with their work, with rates dipping below 10 per cent in Spain, France and Italy.

David McCormack, CEO of HIVE360 comments:

While organisations can offer comprehensive benefits packages to help retain staff, one critical factor that could have even more of an impact is employee recognition in the workplace.

David McCormack, CEO of employment solution expert HIVE360

Employee recognition is the acknowledgement and gratitude shown to staff for their hard work, dedication and performance, and can come in many forms, from financial incentives to verbal praise.

David explains:

The core aim of employee recognition in the workplace is to spotlight staff members who go above and beyond for the company and to ensure they know their efforts do not go unnoticed. Employee recognition in the workplace is crucial for retaining top talent and fostering a more productive, happier, and, ultimately, more successful workplace.

Five steps to employee recognition in the workplace

Effective staff recognition doesn’t always have to be a grand gesture or costly investment. These are HIVE360’s ideas on how organisations can show employees appreciation and recognise their hard work:

  1. Verbal praise: Simple yet effective, a ‘well done’ or ‘great job’ from upper management can make an employee’s day. It’s instant, costs nothing, and can have a significant impact.
  2. Written recognition: If an employee goes above and beyond, send out a company-wide email acknowledging achievements, or give shout-outs in team meetings. You can also consider a ‘recognition board’ where employees can celebrate their colleagues’ achievements.
  3. Financial incentives: Monetary rewards like bonuses or gift cards are an excellent way to acknowledge an employee’s contribution. These can be regularly scheduled (such as quarterly or at the end of the year) or ad hoc.
  4. Team lunches or outings: These can be a great way to celebrate team accomplishments, promote camaraderie, and show recognition to the team as a whole.
  5. Employee benefits: Investing in employee wellbeing by offering unique benefits like private GP phone consultations, extra paid leave, or perks like gym memberships is a great way to recognise employees and support their wellbeing.


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Joanne is the editor for Workplace Wellbeing Professional and has a keen interest in promoting the safety and wellbeing of the global workforce. After earning a bachelor's degree in English literature and media studies, she taught English in China and Vietnam for two years. Before joining Work Well Pro, Joanne worked as a marketing coordinator for luxury property, where her responsibilities included blog writing, photography, and video creation.