There’s something truly wonderful about taking time out of our busy schedules to focus on the people and things we are most grateful for. But we certainly don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving Day to show our thankfulness. We can do it every day, both at home and at work. As a workplace leader, you can foster an atmosphere of gratitude by modeling this behavior for your employees. Read on for the ways and whys of expressing appreciation at work:
Verbal expressions of gratitude don’t have to take a lot of time out of your demanding schedule. A simple mention of your appreciation during a staff meeting is likely to reassure your employees that you see their accomplishments and that their work matters. Furthermore, letting workers know you value them could increase productivity and alleviate workplace stress. According to a Graziadio Business Review article, “research has shown that persons who are genuinely grateful may be more optimistic, experience improved health, and perhaps even have extended life spans.” Who wouldn’t want to bring these benefits into the workplace for their employees and themselves?
During particularly trying days at work, employees may need a reminder of your appreciation, something they can display in their work space. Realistically, you may not have the opportunity to personally interact with every single employee every single day, but you still want everyone on your team to feel valued. This is where written thank you notes are extremely helpful. To really personalize your written expression of gratitude, you could handwrite notes and deliver them to your employees. That has a more personal feel than yet another email, doesn’t it?
Simple gestures go a long way when it comes to expressing gratitude. Why not plan the occasional breakfast or lunch with your staff? Or even grab a cup of coffee with your team members from time to time? Show them that, as their leader, you are still part of their team and, more importantly, you are on their team. That you care about them as people, not just employees. Doing so can strengthen your bond with your staff as well as encouraging camaraderie among your team members. With camaraderie comes open and honest communication, and what workplace wouldn’t benefit from that?
To learn more about creating a culture of gratitude customized to your own workplace and leadership style, contact a professional coach!