Gratitude In The Workplace
According to the Oxford Dictionary, Gratitude is the readiness to show appreciation and to return kindness. The myriad of benefits that come with practicing gratitude is too many to document. From improved brain health, and improved mood, increased serotonin and dopamine levels to improved relationships with colleagues, Gratitude is a state of mind that rewards bountifully.
Why should we practice Gratitude?
Well, it has been scientifically documented in an article published by Positive Psychology that “when we express gratitude and receive the same, our brain releases dopamine and serotonin, the two crucial neurotransmitters responsible for our emotions, and they make us feel ‘good’. They enhance our mood immediately, making us feel happy from the inside.”
How to practice Gratitude?
Observe your company culture. Is it positive? Can you talk freely to each other without feeling your every word is judged? Is praise given freely and openly in meetings and team-building sessions? Do you have a system in place that rewards team members? Know how to reward your team members accordingly, some members like public praise whilst others like a more private way of being rewarded. Be a grateful role model. Show your team members how positive thoughts and gratitude can influence productivity and relations in the workplace
How not to Practice Gratitude?
Do not make this a tick-box exercise, do not give out praise just because, this would lack authenticity and can backfire because it can erode trust and lead to skepticism. Do not play favorites with your gratitude. Only giving compliments to a select few can harm team interaction by making people feel uncomfortable. Let gratitude and rewards be spontaneous and come from the heart. Over-engineering gratitude might make it awkward for everyone involved.
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