Male employees feel more appreciated by their employer

workplace recognitionWomen receive less workplace recognition than men, according to research by retailer Adler Business Gifts.

The research, which surveyed 2,000 UK workers, found that while almost one in three (30%) male respondents said they received appreciation of some sort at work, this dropped to 24% among female respondents. Meanwhile, 28% of all respondents said they get no thanks from their employer.

Just under a third (31%) of men said their employer thanked them for their work through bonuses, compared to 27% of women. A quarter (25%) of male staff received pay rises as a form of recognition, contrasted with 21% of female workers.

Men were also more likely to receive personal or public recognition than women, according to the survey.

Female workers were also less likely than men to be given gifts from bosses. In addition, 21% of men reported winning awards for their hard work compared to 17% of women.

One-quarter of women said that lack of appreciation impacted on their mental health, along with 20% of men.

When asked whether they would leave a role where they do not feel appreciated, 14% of male respondents and 13% of female respondents said they would.

Paul French, HR consultant and founder of Intrinsic Executive Search, said: “There’s plenty of anecdotal data showing that women continue to spend more time on domestic obligations than men.

“These dynamics have inevitably led to a situation where there are more men than women in the workplace; this is reflected in metrics such as an expanding gender pay gap.

“Supporting flexible working and availing childcare benefits will ensure more women remain in the workplace.”