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Nationís Workforce Emphasizes Appreciation for Colleagues in 2013

Avatar Solutions' anaysis of 134,000 employee survey responses to open-ended questions found satisfaction with coworkers to be the number one comment theme.

Chicago, IL, March 29, 2014 --( A recent nationwide study of employee sentiment found appreciation for colleagues to represent the most common theme of workers’ comments about their jobs. Conducted by Avatar Solutions, a leading provider of employee, physician, and patient surveys, the study centered on an analysis of comments made by 134,000 respondents to Avatar’s Employee Engagement Surveys, used by organizations to understand and improve engagement.

Avatar conducts the annual study to determine the areas where employees feel their organization is excelling and where concerns lie. The open-ended comment section of a survey allows employees to expand on the responses given throughout the questionnaire and freely express their thoughts and opinions on both the strengths and opportunities for improvement at their organization.

In 2013, the top five themes, starting with those most frequently appearing in the comments, were:

1. Employees expressed appreciation for their coworkers.
2. Employees would like to receive higher pay scales/salaries.
3. Employees are satisfied with the type of work they do.
4. Employees would like an improvement in communication.
5. Employees were pleased with their organization’s atmosphere and environment.

In the study, 50 percent of comments expressed appreciation for coworkers. This also represented a top theme in 2012, with the trend likely due to an increased emphasis on teamwork in the face of ongoing pressures to accomplish more in less time and with limited resources. Comments expressing dissatisfaction with pay surpassed employees’ comments about satisfaction with the type of work they do, regaining the No. 2 spot after having fallen to No. 3 last year. This change likely stems from the fact that employees are taking on more responsibility with fewer colleagues, yet financial constraints still endure.

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