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The 3 Things We Gain by Expressing Gratitude in the Workplace

Gratitude: The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

In the fast-paced corporate world of 9 to 5’s, timesheets, and ever-growing expectations, it’s important that we remember to slow down and appreciate those around us who help make it all possible. After all—none of us can do it alone.

We recently had the pleasure of facilitating another spectacular event for the Gap leadership team. Gap is a leading global retailer with nearly 140,000 employees and 3,600 stores worldwide—that’s a lot of responsibility for leadership! The theme of the event centered around seven core concepts that they believe make the most successful managers:

  1. Relate
  2. Coach
  3. Thrive
  4. Energize
  5. Innovate
  6. Direct
  7. Execute

The interesting part about these seven core concepts is that each can be enhanced and implemented with one simple practice—expressing gratitude. In the workplace, the importance of gratitude is so often overlooked. A simple note of thanks can change the course of the day and ultimately bring people closer together. Think of how you felt the last time your boss thanked your for your hard work on a new product or when a coworker thought of you during their morning routine and grabbed you a cup of coffee. Didn’t that simple expression put a smile on your face? While their effort to acknowledge you for your greatness probably brought you happiness, you may not have considered that your appreciation in turn made them just as happy! Here are the top three reasons you should encourage leaders to express gratitude and create a cultural shift in the workplace:

  1. Gratitude improves morale. Spontaneous, genuine expressions of appreciation can turn someone’s day around and it quickly becomes contagious. By sending an email to a coworker recognizing the extra time they put into a project, one can instill confidence and positivity in them. It’s more than likely that their actions after that will also reflect this positivity and encourage them to acknowledge others who are performing well.
  2. Good morale equates to good performance. Leaders have a great opportunity to set an example of gratitude when coaching employees or directing team projects. When your employees or coworkers are feeling good or hopeful about their work and the team they’re working with, they are more likely to be energized, productive and focused.
  3. Good performance results in better quality, higher sales, and happier clients. Demonstrating gratitude requires very little time and effort but can go a long way in elevating the innovation within your company walls. It’s a simple way to motivate employees to strive for continual success, bringing you fresh ideas and ultimately numerous ways to increase your bottom line.

When was the last time you expressed gratitude to your team in the workplace? Who will you thank today?

 

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