The Benefits of Gratitude in the Workplace
While the benefits of gratitude in the workplace seem pretty straightforward to employee engagement experts, how often do you suppose you say thank you each day?
We seem conditioned to express our gratitude at home, in stores, at school…everywhere it seems but at work. At least that’s what one study from the Greater Good Science Center reports.
We find this surprising and are also dismayed at the consequences such ingratitude can have in the workplace.
Consequences of the Lack of Appreciation at Work
Before we look at the benefits of gratitude in the workplace, we know:
Are you willing to sacrifice employee engagement to a culture where gratitude for work well done is minimized, unexpressed or goes unnoticed?
The Leaders of This Organization Are Committed to Making It a Great Place to Work
Of all the employee engagement questions we ask, the single question with the highest correlation to employee engagement measures how committed leaders are to ensuring their employees feel valued as their most important resource. Praise from senior leaders can make a huge difference in whether or not employees feel engaged.
If employees don’t perceive that extra effort will yield recognition, there is little incentive for them to do so.
How to Create a Culture of Gratitude
When it comes to the benefits of gratitude in the workplace, we know that a fair paycheck is only one of the motivators for work. Employees also work to:
Well expressed gratitude can feed these three more emotion-based motivators. And it all starts with a simple “Thank You!”
How to Say Thank You at Work
Here is how to say thank you at work:
“Thank you, Chris, for the extra time and effort I know it took to complete the report on time. Because I had the data on hand at the executive team meeting, we were able to make a decision on how to move forward. You helped make our whole team look good.”
The key is to offer thanks that best suits the individual and the situation.
The Bottom Line
The benefits of gratitude in the workplace are directly related to employee engagement and performance. Gratitude should be as common in the workplace as elsewhere in the world. And it all starts with a simple, meaningful and timely “Thank You.”
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