We say “thank you” to acknowledge the good
things we get from other people, especially when they give out of the goodness
of their hearts. We say “thanks” at home, in stores and at work. If you are a
manager, how often do you thank
your employees for the good work they’ve done?
But why should anyone thank you for doing
Because the need for a pay check is only
one of the motivations we bring to work. We don’t just work for money. We also
work for respect, for a sense of accomplishment and for a feeling of purpose.
We invest ourselves and our emotions into our jobs, and work affects our
Gratitude is a non-financial way to support
those non-financial motivations. Thank you doesn’t cost a dime, and it has
measurably beneficial effects. As a manager, saying thank you to your employees
could give them a strong sense of value. In every workplace and on every team,
all people have the desire to feel appreciated and valued by others. Leaders of
teams and team members themselves should work to foster a culture of value and
Building a culture of gratitude at work is
not easy, but it’s worth it. So here are tips for
fostering gratitude on the job.
- Help others develop
Employees feel valued at work when they have opportunities for growth and
development. While promotion opportunities within companies may sometimes
be limited, you can still invest in team members’ professional development
through training, assignment to new and interesting projects,
participation on tasks, and exposure to new and interesting different
areas in the company. Employees frequently have skills that extend beyond
the position for which the company hired them. Additionally, they
typically grow their skills over time. Leveraging their extensive skill
sets can lead to greater engagement and satisfaction.
- Involve employees
Team members feel valued when they have an opportunity to take part in
decision-making, problem-solving, and to use their skills to benefit the
organization. If there is a new project in talks, maybe try and get their
opinions on it, they will feel a sense of importance.
- Support friendship and teamwork
in the workplace can lead to greater job satisfaction and commitment to
the organization and doing a job well. Leaders should encourage teamwork
to help eliminate toxic and dysfunctional team behaviours.
Taking the time and effort to create a
culture that values and appreciates the diversity and similarity within a team
can reap great rewards in terms of performance and satisfaction of the entire
team. At the end of the day, this standard is really very simple: we all want
to feel valued and appreciated. So, in addition to develop recognition to
employees, use a variety of ways
to build a culture of gratitude.
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