More than one third of employees in Ireland feel invisible or under-appreciated at work, according to a new survey.
The Workhuman Human Workplace Index found that almost half of employees feel stressed at work.
The findings are being published to mark Employee Appreciation Day.
Over a quarter of workers surveyed said they plan to leave their job in next 12 months due to number of hours they are expected to work and 32% said they get little to no recognition from their employer for working overtime
The research found that remote working can exacerbate the ‘always on’ feeling, with more than half saying they struggle to switch off after their working day when working from home.
Full-time employees aged 24 or under were found to be most likely to feel invisible and like they don’t belong in their workplace.
The research also highlighted a disconnect between co-workers, with over a third of respondents saying they don’t have a colleague who they can laugh with at work, while 31% feel they don’t have a colleague who they can confide in or discuss problems with.
Nearly half of respondents said they have received some form of gratitude from employers or colleagues.
Employees identified work social events and celebrating life events such as birthdays or moving house as factors that would help to boost their morale.
“It’s clear from our survey that a significant proportion of workers in Ireland are feeling undervalued,” said Niamh Graham, Senior Vice President of Global Human Experience at Workhuman.
“They are disillusioned with the level of appreciation being shown for their contributions and a greater effort must be made by organisations to convey this in a meaningful way.”
“What’s more, a lack of connection between colleagues, is worrying as good rapport and collaboration between teams contributes to a well-rounded workforce and, in turn, leads to more positive business outcomes,” Ms Graham added.
The survey of 1,000 full-time employees in Ireland was commissioned by Workhuman and conducted by Pollfish.