Survey: Feeling Valued at Work Linked to Well-Being and Performance

Washington — March 8

Half of all employees who say they do not feel valued at work report that they intend to look for a new job in the next year, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Conducted online among 1,714 adults between Jan. 12-19 on behalf of the APA by Harris Interactive, the survey found that employees who feel valued are more likely to report better physical and mental health, as well as higher levels of engagement, satisfaction and motivation, compared to those who do not feel valued by their employers.

Nearly 93 percent who reported feeling valued said they are motivated to do their best at work and 88 percent reported feeling engaged. This compares to just 33 percent and 38 percent, respectively, of those who said they do not feel valued.

Among employees who feel valued, just 21 percent said they intend to look for a new job in the next year vs. 50 percent of those who said they do not feel valued.

A variety of factors were linked to feeling undervalued at work, including having fewer opportunities for involvement in decision making, being less satisfied with the potential for growth and advancement, having fewer opportunities to use flexible work arrangements, and being less likely to say they are receiving adequate monetary compensation and non-monetary rewards.

Many Americans continue to report chronic work stress, with 41 percent of employees reporting that they typically feel tense or stressed out during the workday. Commonly cited causes of work stress include low salaries, lack of opportunities for growth or advancement, too heavy a workload, long hours and unclear job expectations.

Source: American Psychological Association