Encouraging Gratitude in the Workplace

4 years ago

Focusing on gratitude should, also, include gratitude in the workplace.

If you are an employee or have employees that are unhappy, it impacts so many things - work production, team morale, customer service, the list can go and on.

I'm thankful to work in an environment that recognizes and actively reflects an attitude of gratitude on a regular basis.

Gratitude in the Workplace Benefits

Ways to Show Gratitude in the Workplace


Of course recognition for a job well-done is always welcome and a sincere "thank you" goes a long way.

  • Peer-to-peer gratitude - having something in place where co-workers can thank one another is a huge morale booster. In my department, we have what's called a "fish bowl" - throughout the month employees are able to place their co-workers in the fish bowl by filling out a slip of paper stating why they deserve to be recognized. Reasons vary from helping with a task, filling in while someone was out sick or to helping get paper for the copy machine. The best part of our monthly department meeting is reading those slips aloud.
  • Show others you care enough by helping them improve on a task or meet a goal. Sharing your time and talents shows that you believe in the team and truly want it to succeed.
  • If you are in a leadership role, be open. Constructively tell your team members how they can improve and be willing to assist them meet their goals. If you are a team member, be willing to receive constructive criticism and ask your boss and team members on ways you can better contribute to the team. "How can I help?" goes a long way.
  • Accept thank yous, offers for support and assistance, and compliments.

This article first appeared on Divas WIth A Purpose 

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