• Maureen O'Toole

Building a Business Attitude of Gratitude

What I’m Thinking About: Thanks-Giving in the Workplace

In November, we acknowledge our veterans with gratitude for their service to our nation. In November, we also celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, a day in which we gather to enjoy food, fellowship and fun. Employees usually get a day off, something for which people are grateful. Thanksgiving ushers in the Christmas holiday season which is often marked with office gatherings and parties, white elephant gift exchanges, Secret Santa activities, and other traditions that bring levity and generosity to the work place. What if you could create a year-round attitude of gratitude?

Why You Might Be Thinking About This: Benefits of Building an Attitude of Gratitude

Little, regular gestures of appreciation for employees can have big, long-term impact. Expressions of gratitude can increase employee loyalty, job satisfaction and emotional well-being. Employees who feel valued bring greater value to the workplace!

Gallup data from 2015 revealed that only 32% of employees are fully engaged at work; 52% are unengaged and 17% are actively disengaged. Happy employees are more likely to be engaged employees. Engaged employees lead to high-functioning teams and better business.

Why It’s Worth Thinking About: It’s Easy to Express Gratitude

In a 2017 U.S. News article, Hannah Morgan outlined simple ways to express gratitude to team members.

Here are 5 easy-to-implement options:

  1. Say thank you one on one, acknowledging not only good work done but the value the employee brings to the workplace.

  2. Tailor expressions of gratitude to individual preferences. For some it may be group recognition, for others it may be time off or a gift card. A thank you may be as simple as providing a favorite dessert or flowers.

  3. Show interest in employee life outside of work: hobbies, families, interests. Acknowledging an employee’s birthday/wedding anniversary/work anniversary or personal or professional activities and achievements reveals interest in them beyond workplace walls.

  4. Bond over a meal. “Thanksgiving” meals can happen any time during the year, celebrating individual and team success, company success, or just time together with a pot luck, pizza, or dessert.

  5. Create a platform for regular expressions of gratitude. A thank you shout-out as part of group meetings or weekly e-blast, recognition in a company newsletter, a virtual high five for individual or team efforts – all of these can become part of the company culture.

Building a grateful company culture can produce great results.

Ready to build an attitude of gratitude in the workplace? The Sandbox Group is ready to help you.