Do you have a culture of Gratitude in your workplace?
Employees have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company. Consider these factors for yourself and the difference they make to your level of satisfaction. Interesting isn’t it? As these are three things that can be addressed without incurring additional cost.
Simple acknowledgement is a key factor in driving employee satisfaction and in fact – “acknowledgement” is considered a basic human need. Displays of gratitude to team members will result in increased satisfaction and improved retention. The benefits of being grateful for the contribution of others is one of the driving forces that led us to create “Gratitude”. Whilst we can’t help with creating interesting work or improved transparency within the company – we can certainly help with ensuring your team members (and clients) feel acknowledged and recognised for a job well done.
Small acts of recognition can’t be forgotten. Even small things like eye contact, using their full name and being very specific when verbally thanking team members can make all the difference. Be clear about the specific action you are appreciating them for – and acknowledge this publically – in meetings, via group emails and so on. And, remember to praise often! Feeding a culture of gratitude can only help build a more engaged and positive workplace.
In todays day and age it is tempting to rely on digital solutions – automated thank you letters, a brief email or a text. And whilst these initiatives are not to be scoffed at – in the digital age, personalisation must not be forgotten. Along with the gift of time.
Surprise gifts say “I noticed” and personalisation of a gift demonstrates that you have really taken the time to think about that person. At Gratitude we help grateful business owners and managers maintain a culture of gratefulness – managing their gift giving throughout the year either at specific times or as the need to thank arises!
Do you have a culture of gratitude in your workplace?