‘Tis the season to be thankful. Here we are, immersed in the chaos of the holidays, yet it’s exactly the right time to slow down and take stock, to reflect on all the things we are grateful for – at home with our families, and as we practice our art in the workplace.
Yes, in the workplace. Did you know that, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, individuals that voluntarily leave their employment cite a lack of appreciation as one of the major reasons for leaving? Expressing gratitude in the workplace is vital for a company’s success and productivity.
This says a lot about the importance of showing gratitude to your teammates. Whether the employer or the employee, embracing a mindset of thankfulness is fundamental to reinforcing your commitment to one another and contributes to the enthusiasm of everyone on the team.
We need to be mindful to give credit where it is due. All of our successes cannot happen without the support and talents of our co-workers. Offering praise and acknowledgement to others can make a lasting impact on the morale of the team. When you have strong morale, there is no limit to the things that can be accomplished.
It’s also about expressing thanks sincerely. It’s important to be authentic. When you feel it, say it. Many of us work hard every day and can sometimes go weeks, maybe even months without receiving recognition, and without being acknowledged for our value. Thanking co-workers not only gives them a nice boost, it is a great way to renew their energy and to remind them they are appreciated.
Earn the respect and gratitude of your team by being humble in your thoughts and deeds. Understand that being generous with praise and with credit for a job well done allows the entire team to feel part of the company’s goals and ultimate success. Everyone becomes engaged and can truly contribute their personal best when they know they are valued.
And finally, we need to demonstrate gratitude in expressive ways. This means more than just offering a hearty slap on the back. Convey your appreciation to co-workers by reciprocating their good will. Stay late to help them through a project. Offer your expertise with a willing spirit. Seize opportunities to make your teammates look fantastic. When one of us succeeds, we all win!