Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and there is plenty to be thankful for this year. (No, that was not a typo.)
Gratitude is about more than just saying ‘thank you.’ It’s also about taking stock of and appreciating all the good things that surround you in your day-to-day.
Even when it’s not immediately evident, there are many things to be thankful for — it might just take a little more time to adjust your mindset and think of them this year. Practicing thankfulness and gratitude can be transformative at any time and are especially beneficial to your state of health and wellbeing when things are as uncertain, stressful and isolating as they have been this year.
The benefits of gratitude and praise show up in any personal or professional setting where it’s practiced. Studies have shown that people who practice gratitude have stronger immune systems, take better care of their health and possess higher levels of positive emotions like optimism, generosity, and compassion.
The simple act of journaling or talking about one or two little things you are grateful for every day can significantly lessen feelings of stress or conflict.
Gratitude is an often-overlooked value in the workplace, and the consequences of not expressing or feeling it can be devastating to employees and business as a whole. Extending praise to the people you work with goes a long way. It’s been proven that praising people for the work they do keeps employees happier and more motivated to continue showing up and doing their best. The power of gratitude can completely change a work environment by strengthening the team with stronger, longer-lasting connections that increase optimism, build trust and encourage positive outcomes. Any of the following are great additions to a workplace built on gratitude, and the results will be evident almost immediately.
Thank Employees Consistently
One way to boost company morale and make employees happier is to openly express gratitude for them and their hard work. Recognizing people’s accomplishments and achievements goes a long way and often leads to employees reciprocating the act of gratitude for each other. When people acknowledge and praise each other’s wins, more quality work results and the cycle perpetuates itself.
Start Meetings by Expressing Gratitude
Many Konnect clients and businesses around the world incorporate gratitude in their regular staff meetings. Employees are invited to share something they are grateful for in either their personal or work lives. This gives people the opportunity to reflect on what they are thankful for and relate to one another on a personal level. This seemingly small act can lift the mood of any meeting and provide even the stalest meeting agenda with a much-needed energy boost.
Use Apps to Shout Out Coworker Appreciation
In a year where we are almost all working from home, it’s been much harder to host an impromptu praise session in the bullpen or drop off a physical gift to show your appreciation to another co-worker. With apps like Slack and Quip, you can create an entire chatroom where employees solely praise each other’s accomplishments.
Being thankful is contagious and expressing gratitude can transform your entire attitude. Even when many things in the world might seem to be going wrong all at once, a shift in perspective and attitude of gratitude can give you and your teams the necessary boost to set you up for continued success.