Cultivating a Culture of Gratitude

Cultivating a Culture of Gratitude

By Vitiello Communications Group

Search #gratitude on Instagram and you’ll find more than 1 million photos and inspirational quotes depicting the things that people are most grateful for this season. One quote that struck me in particular was this: “Appreciation changes everything.” This can apply to many aspects of our lives, including work. In a world where business leaders strive to engage employees, creating a culture of gratitude within organizations can help.

According to the results of a national study on gratitude, which was conducted by the John Templeton Foundation, more than 90 percent of respondents agreed that grateful people are more fulfilled and lead richer lives. (The study’s findings were released last year as part of Berkeley University’s Greater Good Science Center Expanding Gratitude project.) In addition, 93 percent of respondents said that grateful bosses were more likely to be successful. Yet, the study showed that people were least likely to express gratitude in the workplace. And, 35 percent of respondents categorized bosses as people who never said “thank you.”

By consciously promoting gratitude in the workplace, you can fill a void and make members of your team feel valued. A simple “thank you” goes a long way in strengthening social connections, as well as increasing feelings of self worth and happiness.

To make gratitude become spontaneous in your organization, set up routines. With Thanksgiving just days away, now is a good time to get started. Here are some suggestions:

  • Encourage managers to start meetings with a Gratitude Greeting, where they recognize the accomplishments of two or three members of the team.
  • Send texts, emails or an old-fashioned hand-written note thanking colleagues for their contributions.
  • Pledge to say “thank you” to at least three people each day and encourage employees to do the same.
  • Keep a gratitude journal to capture on paper the things that make you grateful.
  • Create a “High Five” award recognizing employees who go above and beyond the norm.

Remember that gratitude goes both ways. Once you start thanking your employees on a regular basis, it won’t be long before they show their gratitude for each other, you and your company. Appreciation really can change everything.

How grateful are you for your employees? And, more importantly, what are you doing to show them your gratitude? Leave a comment to let us know.

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