Show gratitude in the workplace

A Forbes magazine article notes: “Gratitude is a basic human requirement – and since we spend most of our waking hours at the office, showing gratitude at work becomes pretty important.” While internal and external pressures in recent years have led to a number of healthcare workers leaving the profession, it is also true that regular signs of appreciation may be just the thing to keep a worker engaged and motivated.

Web MD Health Services reports that giving thanks at work leads to improved connections among colleagues and that “88% of employees said recognition would be beneficial to increase social and cultural connections at work.”

And if you think this is all about lavish gifts and budget-breaking shows of appreciation, think again. It’s the little things that make a big difference. You can show gratitude at work by:

·         Building appreciation and praise into team meetings

·         Creating a “no-meeting day” to allow employees to cut into their to-do lists without interruption

·         Sharing team success with company leaders

·         Performing random acts of kindness

It’s never too late to start recognizing and appreciating the work done by others. And it can lead to increased productivity, job satisfaction, company loyalty and greater connections among staff members.