Gratitude is this month’s buzz word. You’ve probably seen it all over your Facebook timeline, and it will surely start popping up in TV commercials any second now. I’m a fan of gratitude myself and encourage people to practice it all year round because of how it can boost one’s personal happiness. But, did you also know that gratitude can help you get ahead at work?
Feeling grateful can make you more productive.
When you’re loving your job and appreciating the paycheck and perks, it’s easier to do your best work. If you’re feeling resentful, you might be tempted to hold back or do the bare minimum.
Not only are you likely to check more off the to-do list, but gratitude can also spark your creativity. Feeling grateful means you notice and appreciate all the good in your life, including that which isn’t necessarily earned. That can help you break free of a score-keeping mentality and encourage out-of-the-box thinking.
Expressing gratitude makes you a better co-worker.
Everyone wants to feel appreciated, even your colleagues. Making an effort to say, “thank you” spreads goodwill - and it makes people want to help you. Whether you’re trying to inspire a team or earn a promotion, expressing sincere gratitude when it’s warranted is good business.
Do you know who else likes to be appreciated? Customers. Nothing inspires loyalty like appreciation. Make a habit of saying thank you for business, and you’re likely to get more of it.
Other work-appropriate ways to express gratitude might include:
- Sending a thank you email when a co-worker has done you a favor.
- Giving someone a shout out during a meeting for a job well done.
- Treating your team to lunch after meeting an important deadline or goal.
- Offering a special discount to your most active customers.
- Connecting two colleagues who might share interests.
How often do you express gratitude in the workplace?
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