Gratitude in the Workplace
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and with it comes the season of gratitude and appreciation. This holiday season (and beyond), cultivate an attitude of gratitude not only in your personal life but also in your workplace.
The number one reason why most Americans leave their jobs is because they don’t feel appreciated. In fact, 79% of employees don’t feel strongly valued for the work they put in.
Appreciation is a major driver for employee productivity and workplace happiness. As such, a work environment that resonates a culture of gratitude and appreciation is one that drives employee engagement. Cultivating a culture of gratitude in the workplace is one of the best ways to boost career skills like communication and teamwork—a habit that all employees can benefit from, leaders and co-workers alike.
Companies should remain aware that the falling unemployment rate is evidence of the shrinking talent pool. In today’s competitive labor market, companies must take action to attract and retain top caliber professionals by first focusing efforts on the talent that already exists within the organization.
Employee recognition also plays a crucial role in workplace happiness and quality of work. Companies that foster a culture of appreciation see direct results in employee engagement and productivity, as employees who feel valued and receive recognition for their work are motivated to work harder.
Make gratitude a part of your work culture. Strategize how you can show your employees how much you appreciate them and their good work. Create an appreciation plan that fits your company, its core values, and its culture. Whether it’s complimenting an employee on a job well done or asking for opinions, your acts of appreciation can provide enormous benefits to your organization.
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