According to a study conducted by the John Templeton Foundation, people are less likely to feel or express gratitude at work than anyplace else. That same study indicated that saying thank you to colleagues made them feel happier and more fulfilled, but here’s the rub: only 10% of respondents actually go out of their way to thank coworkers.
That’s a crying shame.
The majority of us spend the bulk of our days at work. Dozens of studies show that employees feel underappreciated and undervalued at work, which in turn results in lower productivity, lack of motivation and, worst of all, grumpy colleagues. Often the simple act of showing genuine appreciation is a bigger motivator than power or money.
The holiday season is upon us and there’s no time like now to pause for a moment and take the time to thank your colleagues, leaders and team members. You don’t have to buy people flashy presents or make a grandiose public service announcement – though I think most people would think that’s pretty cool. Simple acts like a nice email, handwritten note or quick thank you in the hallway can have a profound impact on someone’s day. We’re all working hard and pausing to acknowledge a job well done should always be front of mind. Gratitude is easy to practice and once it’s embedded in your company culture, it is contagious.
So – thanks for reading and I hope you have a fabulous day and a great Thanksgiving! And, if you’re looking for ideas, check out some of our tips about how we’re showing gratitude