Gratitude in the Workplace – Thankful Thursday

Focusing on gratitude should, also, include gratitude in the workplace. If you are an employee or have employees that are unhappy, it impacts so many things – work production, team morale, customer service, the list can go and on.

I’m thankful to work in an environment that recognizes and actively reflects an attitude of gratitude on a regular basis.

Gratitude in the Workplace Benefits

Ways to Show Gratitude in the Workplace

Of course recognition for a job well-done is always welcome and a sincere “thank you” goes a long way.

  • Peer-to-peer gratitude – having something in place where co-workers can thank one another is a huge morale booster. In my department, we have what’s called a “fish bowl” – throughout the month employees are able to place their co-workers in the fish bowl by filling out a slip of paper stating why they deserve to be recognized. Reasons vary from helping with a task, filling in while someone was out sick or to helping get paper for the copy machine. The best part of our monthly department meeting is reading those slips aloud.
  • Show others you care enough by helping them improve on a task or meet a goal. Sharing your time and talents shows that you believe in the team and truly want it to succeed.
  • If you are in a leadership role, be open. Constructively tell your team members how they can improve and be willing to assist them meet their goals. If you are a team member, be willing to receive constructive criticism and ask your boss and team members on ways you can better contribute to the team. “How can I help?” goes a long way.
  • Accept thank yous, offers for support and assistance, and compliments.

Thankful Thursday

This week I’m thankful for:

~ the warmer weather we’re getting
~ friends that are being blessed with new jobs and promotions
~new contacts and widening my networking circle
~being able to be there for a friend in who just needed to vent
~an awesome team at work

Would love to see you over at our Making A Happy Home Weekly Link-Up and don’t miss out on the Blogger Virtual Online Party coming up soon! I’ve even lined up some great giveaways for the week 🙂

Your turn!

What are you thankful for this week?
What ways do you or have you seen gratitude in the workplace promoted?

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  • I’m thankful for summer hours at my job! I’ll be off at 12:30 on Fridays. Whoo!

    • Michelle

      Slightly jealous 🙂 Welcome summer!!!

  • Sounds like a great list of ideas! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Michelle

      Thank you for stopping by!

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  • Kathleen Kennedy-Leon

    you have hit the nail on the head!! Gratitude is so important especially in the workplace since we spend so many hours each day at our workplaces. Its always important to make people feel appreciated for the work they contribute and as a department head of several departments-I strive to do this on a regular basis.

  • I know I always was more productive when felt that my work was valued. Even just a tiny bit of gratitude goes a long way!

  • When I was a manager I always tried to let my team know they were appreciated both by surprising them with treats or small gifts and most especially by just opening my mouth and telling them that I was thankful for all they did. It’s much nicer to work when you know that someone cares about what you are doing!

    • Michelle

      Definitely a great things to do for them! I’m sure overall team morale benefited from your efforts.

  • Isis BayAreamommy

    I think gratitude always makes the atmosphere feel lighter and brighter especially in the workplace where it can get really stressful!

    • Michelle

      It does do wonders for a stressful working environment!

  • I am thankful for my kids’ health and my SO’s patience. I think it is hard to be my other half and I am glad he has been able to stick around this long.
    Little rewards and incentives goes a long way. Just a little thank you GC is nice. I am disappointed it is not promoted more.

    • Michelle

      I agree! My husband definitely deserves kudos for sticking with me through my “special” moments! If we pay attention to the little things, then the big things will fall in place, in my opinion.

  • Lynsey Jones

    I LOVE your Thankful Thursdays! Mike and I both work from home – so we only have to really show gratitude to each other LOL except I do try to really extend it to the people I coach and mentor on the phone and online.

    • Michelle

      Glad you enjoy them Lynsey! Thank you for stopping by! I agree – when working from home with a spouse gratitude in the workplace definitely needs to be a priority!

  • Employees are more effective when there is an environment of gratitude in the workplace. More employers should implement programs that boost employee morale. I definitely think the would see positive results.

    • Michelle

      You hit the nail on the head!!! Thanks for dropping by Mandi!

  • I work in a nursing home fulltime so I can totally appreciate this! thank you for the reminder. 🙂

    • Michelle

      You’re very welcome!

  • Kristyn

    this is great for all people to know! I use to work with a ton of people and it made it 10 times easier at our workplace when they had gratitude.

    • Michelle

      Yes! This is something that seems to be overlooked more the larger the department is, but it’s essential. I work for a Fortune 500 company and we receive emails regularly from our CEO and team. After meeting many of them in person during a recent training session at our corporate office, it’s truly genuine and makes a difference in overall morale!

  • Sabrina Radke

    This is such a great thing to focus on, I think we tend to overlook showing appreciation to our coworkers! Great ideas!

    • Michelle

      Considering how much time we spend together – I definitely would like to keep them happy and have a positive working relationship 🙂

  • Kim Bergeron

    what a difference gratitude can make in anyone!!!

    • Michelle

      Yes! I’ve seen employees make complete 180s when they’ve been told what an asset they are to a department or the company overall.

  • Oh I love the gratitude in the workplace. It makes working that much better!

    • Michelle

      It definitely does!