Everyone loves getting paid, right? Contrary to what some business owners or senior leadership may think, employees aren’t actually entirely doing their jobs purely for the love of it, and that regular deposit in the bank account is the key to a host of life’s essentials. You know, things such as housing, food, and utility bills.
What we also need from our work is recognition, validation, and feedback. We want to feel engaged at work, appreciated by our managers and wider teams. Regular feedback is great, we all want and need it to do our jobs well and accelerate our performance. No one works well in a void. But during the pandemic, many workers felt that their engagement slipped due to remote working and the understandable priority shifts many businesses faced in order to cope with a sudden, and unprecedented situation.
Employee engagement is a key metric for businesses because it increases productivity in the workplace – overall, companies with high employee engagement are 21% more profitable and when engagement is high, workplaces see 41% less absenteeism.
It makes sense – when you feel appreciated and understood, you’ll work harder and engage more with the tasks and projects you’re assigned. But depending on your age and seniority in the workplace, you’re likely to require different levels of feedback to make you feel engaged.
A recent study from Gallup and Workhuman discovered that only 26% of employees strongly agree that they receive similar amounts of recognition as other team members with similar performance levels. However, just 10% of Generation Z employees strongly agree that recognition is a pillar of their workplace culture and 40% of this demographic would like recognition from their manager at least a “few times a week”, but only about 25% are actually getting recognition at that frequency.
Older workers are twice as likely to agree that recognition is a pillar of their workplace culture than Generation Z, and people managers are the least likely to strongly agree that they receive equitable recognition.
So what does feedback actually look like? There are many types of feedback managers can give and solicit from their teams, both positive and constructive. Employee engagement surveys, pulse surveys, review sites, suggestion boxes and exit interviews are all common, as are monthly and quarterly reviews.
When it comes to how you might be given feedback around a specific issue, it should always be done calmly and constructively. Issues should be presented in a problem-focused and specific manner, and should never be personal. Action points should be addressed and issues handled quickly, not weeks or months later. It’s likely you’ll appreciate knowing if there’s an issue so that you can fix it.
Of course, there can be such a thing as too much feedback, as well. Coinbase, the cryptocurrency trading firm, is reportedly testing an app that asks its employees to grade each other during meetings. The Principles Dot Collector app provides a platform for people to express their thoughts and see others' thoughts in real-time, helping teams collectively make better decisions.
If you’re not quite gelling with the feedback style where you work, it could be time for a new challenge. Below, we’re taking a look at three companies that are hiring. And for many more open roles, you can check out our Job Board.
The Company: One of the top 10 travel technology companies in the world, Amadeus builds the critical solutions that help airlines and airports, hotels and railways, search engines, travel agencies, tour operators, and other travel players to run their operations and improve the travel experience, billions of times a year, all over the world.
Open Roles: Data Architect, UX Design Specialist, DevOps, and QA Reliability Engineer roles are all available.
Locations: Nice, London, Paris, and Portsmouth.
More Information: Check out more about Amadeus on our Job Board.
The Company: Siemens AG is a German multinational conglomerate corporation and the largest industrial manufacturing company in Europe headquartered in Munich. It is focused on industry, infrastructure, transport, and healthcare.
Open Roles: IT Solution Manager SAP, Special Engineer, and Electrical Engineer roles are all available.
Locations: Erlangen, Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart.
More Information: Browse open roles at Siemens AG on our Job Board.
The Company: Founded in 2013, Doctolib is an online and mobile booking platform that helps users find doctors and make appointments. It is dedicated to creating useful solutions for healthcare personnel and patients, regardless of age, condition or location, and strongly believes in prioritising data privacy as it continues to build services with a positive social impact.
Open Roles: Content and Research Manager, HR Business Partner, FP&A Revenue Analyst and IS Finance Engineer roles are all on offer.
Locations: Berlin and Paris.
More Information: More about Doctolib is available on our Job Board.