“Encourage each other to become the best you can be. Celebrate what you want to create more of.” ~Tom Peters
As we enjoy the Fall season, stories of kindness and gratitude begin to circulate. Why does this theme resonate so powerfully among us? Statistics show that expressing gratitude not only improves your ability to divert behaviors like fear, blame, and anxiety, it’s also an important tool in driving workplace productivity.
A 2013 Gallup report on the state of the American workplace detailed how “engaged employees” are responsible for the majority of the innovation and productive energy driving highly successful organizations. Yet, 7 in 10 workers are characterized as “not engaged,” or emotionally disconnected from their team and workplaces. It’s crucial to team success that leaders develop the strengths and enhance the well-being of their employees. Conveying the message that the work, time, and effort provided by employees is valued and appreciated by management is a big part of this. One of the most cost effective and impactful ways of encouraging and developing this kind of employee engagement is through gratitude.
In order to foster a “culture of gratitude” in the workplace you must first evaluate how it operates in your own life. What are you grateful for? Do you have a grateful attitude? Do you practice showing feelings of appreciation? Get started by using our Gratitude Worksheet.
It’s important to remember that we can’t motivate others. We can only create environments that are motivating. Employees want to do their best and value acknowledgement and appreciation of their contributions. In the context of a work team, this encourages synergy, improves decision-making, and enhances performance.The #1 benefit of gratitude is that we can’t feel gratitude and be miserable at the same time. Being more grateful and expressing it is a part of happiness and not surprisingly, also important to being successful.
Figure out how to spread this idea and keep the ripple effect of gratitude going. Pay attention to workplace behaviors, outcomes, processes, & styles that are positive, successful, and well done. Share your observations with others. Express your appreciation often and remember to ask yourself, what are you thankful for?