Why Gratitude Is So Revolutionary At Work

by blogadmin 20. November 2018 04:11

 PIA Team Team Building Edition | November 20, 2018

The practice of gratitude--and its close sibling, appreciation has started to infiltrate work places, from new software start-ups to older institutions like Campbell Soup, whose CEO wrote 30,000 thank you notes to his employees. Though research on gratitude has exploded over the past 2 decades, studies of gratitude at work are still somewhat limited; results so far link it to:

-positive emotions

-less stress 

-fewer health complaints

-a greater sense that we can achieve goals

-fewer sick days

-higher satisfaction with our jobs and coworkers

While expressing thanks to colleagues might feel awkward or even at odds with some workplace cultures, many organizations have been developing innovative ways to overcome those barriers. 

Gratitude is a "gateway drug" for Southwest Airlines where appreciation is a cornerstone of their culture. Southwest seems to understand what research has shown: that gratitude tends to emperge in workplaces with more "perceived organizational support". Employees believe that the company values their contributions and cares about their well-being. One way the company pays attention to their employees is to recognize the special events in their personal lives--from kids' graduations to marriages to family illnesses--and recognizing those with small gestures like flowers and cards. They genuinely want the best for their people.

Studies show grateful employees are more concerned about social responsibility. They perform more "organizational citizenship" behaviors: kind acts that aren't part of their job description, like welcoming new employees and filling in for coworkers. A warning, however, companies must be consistent, sincere and careful not to leave some employees out. Time is always a factor, too.

Gratitude Ideas:

-compile differing gratitude practices as not everyone wants to be appreciated the same way 

-start off meetings with expressing gratitude around the table

-put time weekly on your calendar to stop by an employee's desk to thank them 

-add appreciation celebrations to employee training days or retreats 

-recognize and/or celebrate birthdays and other special occasions

Personal Challenge:

Pick one of the ideas above or one of your own. Enlist others to help. Begin putting it in place by the end of 2018. Make 2019 a company year of gratitude and thanksgiving! 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES!!!

All The Best,

The PIA Team 

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