Thanksgiving is just a week away for those of us in the United States, which means it’s the season for gratitude. What could possibly be wrong with this statement? After all, we’re talking about gratitude! Well, this hits on one of the fundamental mistakes organizations make when it comes to practicing gratitude in the workplace – doing it only once a year, often around the holidays.
It turns out there’s a plethora of research on how companies are getting a seemingly simple thing like gratitude all wrong. Did you know that 60% of people say they never express gratitude at work, or do so only about once a year? Only 10% thank their colleagues daily. And, here’s the kicker: 81% of people say they’d work harder for a more grateful boss, and in one study, employees who were shown gratitude from an authority figure were 50% more productive than those who weren’t thanked in advance.
So, if we know the significant impact that gratitude can have at work, and we also know it’s not happening often enough, what can we do about it? Here are a few ideas to get started:
Have you given or received gratitude at work in a memorable or otherwise impactful way? I’d love to hear your story – please share it below!
Julie is an executive with a proven track record for brand building and team building. She is skilled at leveraging disparate resources to unlock new insights and create human-centric strategies. She has held several client service roles in her career and is adept at working collaboratively to set clear goals and deliver on expectations.
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