STOP - take a moment to remember…what has been the most memorable thank you that you have received?
Let me guess, you have saved a memory of this event on your personal hard-drive, kept an item, note or card and you now are also donning a smile as you remember.
There is science behind the side effects of gratitude. The latest list of seven is impressive. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships, improves physical and psychological health, enhances empathy and reduces aggression, improves self-esteem, increases mental strength and grateful people sleep better.
This season of thanks is the perfect time to re-engage employees with an attitude of gratitude. Incorporating appreciation into an organization’s culture is probably one of the most effective ways to positively impact performance and retention. And the best part? It’s free.
Most employers handle thanking their entire organization at large group events and meetings, or via all-staff e-mails, but individual affirmation is the key to successful gratitude. Taking the time to recognize employees for their unique skills, talents and contributions, on a regular basis, can boost morale, performance and loyalty.
In her latest post Got Gratitude?, executive search consultant Diane Fennig writes, "Each day, highlight someone for whom you are grateful. Share your thanks with a story, a note, a laugh or something memorable. Take this month and let the folks in your world know that they are woven into your tapestry. Be creative, make some new memories, share some old laughs. To my Human Resource colleagues, who on your teams deserves your gratitude? Who needs a reminder of their unique value to your team? Who needs a good laugh from your past? Who deserves some special attention?"
What are the keys to fostering a culture of acknowledgment and appreciation, not only during the holiday season, but all year long? What are some tips for creating and cultivating an ongoing “culture of gratitude” in your workplace, and for making it a daily habit instead of a meaningless one-time and one-size-fits-all message?
Please join @shrmnextchat at 3:00 p.m. ET on November 21 for #Nextchat: Cultivate a Culture of Gratitude in Your Workplace with special guest Diane Fennig @FansofFennig. We'll chat about how you can create a culture of gratitude in your workplace.
Q1. How do you define gratitude?
Q2. Saying thanks doesn’t have to cost a lot or take a lot of time. What are some quick, inexpensive and creative ways people managers can say “thank you” to employees?
Q3. Lateral appreciation is equally important. How do you say thanks to your co-workers?
Q4. What is your public recognition tradition that fuels morale and performance? How do you openly recognize employees in your organization? Has this changed over time?
Q5. How do you celebrate the Holiday’s between November and January at your organization?
Q6. Volunteerism is a great way to encourage a culture of gratitude. Does your organization sponsor or participate in special holiday or year-long volunteer programs? (angel tree, clothing/food drive, meal preparation/delivery, Habitat for Humanity or an environmental initiative)
Q7. What and who are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving?