Work! Work! Work! We’re working our jobs. Collect our pay.
Believe we’re gliding down the highway, when in fact we’re slip slidin’ away. Thank you Paul Simon. Because we may be slip slidin’ away if we don’t focus on what is missing in the workplace:
If you want to make this the season of gratitude at your organization, make time to understand how gratitude can make a huge difference in the workplace.
Being at work can be a stressful place sometimes. So, why not have a gratitude plan in place which has so many healthy benefits. It helps us live longer and bolsters our immune system, suppresses stress hormones, and boosts endorphins. We can use it to minimize headaches and allergy attacks as we deepen our breathing, raise our oxygen level, and increase the blood supply to our heart. Gratitude also helps develop more flexibility, resourcefulness, and resilience, and helps us remember to be our best.
Effectively applied in the workplace, gratitude may positively impact such factors as job satisfaction, loyalty, and citizenship behavior, while reducing employee turnover and increasing organizational profitability and productivity.
If your still not convinced that gratitude is important in the workplace, consider that the absence of gratitude carries a high price in the workplace. It discourages initiative and hurts feelings, triggering a cycle of resentment and apathy. Feeling unappreciated or disrespected is the number one reason people quit their jobs.
When gratitude and graciousness are missing, it is equally evident. People in those environments seem to have a sense of entitlement. Coworkers who come into contact with them might say, “There is just no pleasing those people!” Customers might say, “They just don’t care about me!” Neither reaction is good for business.
The great thing about infusing gratitude into the workplace is that it can come from anyone, regardless of position. If you are a leader, you can infuse gratitude from the top down, perhaps by making it a required standard of behavior for employees.
Gratitude is also a two-way street. If an employee handled a disgruntled customer well or showed great proficiency in managing a group project, let them know about it and they will work hard to do the same, or even better, next time.
And employees, if you acknowledge your boss’s efforts to show gratitude, she will keep doing it. Thank her for going to bat for you and your coworkers over a new piece of equipment you need or a pay raise dispute, and she’ll be more likely to do it again in the future.
Once you have mastered the gratitude thing with your bosses and your coworkers, you need to move on to the people you serve. You can do it with a simple, “Thank you for giving us your business.” Or you can thank them by providing other special incentives or coupons. It doesn’t really matter how you do it, just make sure they know you are grateful that they are choosing to do business with you over your competition.
Even if you are in a job you don’t like, there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for. And being grateful leads to productivity, better health, a more positive, creative outlook, better problem solving skills and so much more.
Remember this:Life is about relationships. Relationships in business are equally as important to the wellbeing of a corporation. How you build connections with people–managers, coworkers, employees or customers—can make or break your company.
As we express our gratitude to others, and learn to accept their appreciation, relationships are enriched. In the moments when we are awake to the wonder of simply being alive, gratitude flows with ease, no matter our circumstances. Don’t miss this miracle!