10 Ways to Show Gratitude at Work
Most adults spend a majority of their waking hours at the workplace. By simply showing a bit of gratitude and appreciation for your coworkers, you have the ability to transform your workplace into a fun and enjoyable environment for yourself and the hardworking people around you. One of the biggest gifts you can give another is gratitude; for their efforts, for their commitment, and for their help.
Shawn Achor, founder and CEO of Good Think, Inc., says “the greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy is a positive and engaged workforce.” Whether you intend to show your gratitude for your boss, support team, or peers, here are 10 effective ways to show gratitude in the workplace.
- Offer praise for a job well done. A thank you letter or email goes a long way in encouragement.
- Bring back take-out for those stuck in the office due to a demanding project.
- Speak in a calming a respectful tone even when stress levels are high.
- Let their manager know if someone is going above and beyond, excelling in their position.
- When others are experiencing a challenging day listen empathetically, without feeling the need to respond or resolve their issues. Many times, others just need to feel heard.
- Give flowers on special occasions (e.g.: Secretary’s Day, Mother’s Day, or virtually any time someone does a great job)
- Show interest in your coworker’s personal lives. It doesn’t always have to be about business.
- Be on time to meetings and help encourage meetings to end on time.
- Help others with their workloads if your schedule permits.
- Greet your coworkers in the morning with a friendly smile.
The workplace does not need to be a unenjoyable environment unless we allow it to be. By simply showing a little gratitude, you can “be the change you wish to see in the world” (Mahatma Ghandi).