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The Power of Gratitude

The Power of Gratitude

Most people feel happier at work if they are either giving or receiving thanks. Hearing “thank you” for a job well done makes people feel more fulfilled and motivated to repeat good performance.
Managers are often focused on telling their teams what needs to be fixed, rather than focusing on being grateful for what is working. That’s why it is important to understand the power of giving thanks for what we have, instead of complaining about what we lack.

There are many opportunities to express gratitude at work. Here are a few easy ways to encourage a
culture of gratitude at your workplace:

• Create a gratitude wall. Encourage employees to thank each other publicly on a bulletin board
with sticky notes or index cards. Include pictures to draw attention to the gratitude wall.
Employees can thank each other for something as simple as bringing in donuts, or as complex as
completing a project.
• Include kudos. Create a Kudos section in your company newsletter. Let people know who is
going “above and beyond” and who is grateful for their extra efforts. It will encourage others to
model that behavior.
• Build a gratitude platform. For tech savvy organizations, create a gratitude platform that
employees can easily access to recognize each other’s contributions and publicly highlight their
achievements.
• Establish a Win-Win. Create a contest to express special thanks to an employee each month and
make sure that nominations and winners represent various areas of the organization.
• Keep a gratitude journal. List things for which you are thankful on a daily, weekly or monthly
basis. Keep the journal where you can see it as a daily reminder to think in a grateful way.
When people are thanked for their work, they are more likely to increase their feelings of trust and have a higher sense of well-being. Focus on finding ways to sustain gratitude to create a healthy balance at work.

What are you grateful for?

Mindy Stern, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, ACC is a trusted HR advisor, leadership coach, author, educator,
speaker and president of AIM Resource Group Inc. If you have questions about HR matters or for moreinformation visit the website at www.aimresourcegroup.com

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