It’s well known that a little “thank you” goes a long way.
The pandemic revealed how important essential workers are and how to keep them going. Researchers at Brigham Young University found that doing something as simple as posting appreciation for them on social media helped the workers recover better from work burnout.
On the flip side, essential workers who didn’t get recognized turned to drinking, smoking, and overeating to battle burnout.
To get this info, the researchers surveyed 186 corrections officers in New England during May and June 2020. They didn’t get praise. Then they polled 376 other essential workers (nurses, grocery store workers, doctors) who saw social media posts praising essential workers.
One correction worker summed up how the “unseen” feel: “We’re doing three times the amount of work and feel more unappreciated than before this virus.”
Source: Study Finds