How great do you feel when you hear “thank you” from a friend, loved one, or coworker for a thoughtful favor or job well done? You’re not alone; in a study completed by the John Templeton Foundation, many of the 2,000 respondents stated that hearing “thank you” at work made them feel more motivated and engaged.
Establishing a more motivated and thankful workplace is in your hands. Implement the suggestions below to give and receive more gratitude at work… and watch the good feelings grow!
1. Reach out to the everyday heroes.
They may not be the stars of the show, but stage hands and costume crews are just as crucial to a successful Broadway performance as the lead actors. The same goes for your workplace; some of the most essential employees in your company or organization are the “behind-the-scenes” folks like janitorial professionals. Reaching out to those who are often overlooked can make others stop and reevaluate the coworkers they may be taking for granted and help spark an atmosphere of awareness and ample gratitude.
2. Explain how you’d like to be thanked.
Sometimes managers believe that they’re adequately thanking a team member when in fact, the message isn’t getting through because the coworker prefers to receive recognition in a different way. Avoid miscommunication by telling your supervisor how you’d like to be thanked. For instance, would you prefer verbal recognition in a group setting, or a handwritten note left on your desk?
3. Start a trend.
Don’t be afraid to make the first move if you feel that your workplace can do a better job at promoting gratitude. Suggest that all company or department meetings start with a few minutes of employee recognition, for example, or ask that the company establish a recognition whiteboard or gratitude wall where coworkers can write “shout outs” to fellow employees.
4. Be specific and personal.
When thanking others, be sure to specially recount what you’re appreciating them for. Instead of a generic “thank you,” consider saying something like “thank you so much for your help on that massive administrative project last Tuesday. It would’ve taken hours longer without your valuable knowledge and efficient planning!”