In the dynamic world of work motivation, where strategies range from bonuses to benefits packages and flextime, there is one valuable resource that does not require a large financial investment and generates tangible and intangible results for both the company and the employee: the expression of gratitude. Discover how recognition can be the key to unlocking exceptional employee performance.
Gratitude in everyday work
Expressing satisfaction and gratitude to employees should not only be a task for executives or managers but a practice incorporated into the daily culture of the entire company. This gesture is significant in times of internal or external change, boosting team morale.
Benefits of gratitude in the workplace
On a day-to-day basis, employees strive to balance their work responsibilities with their personal goals. Almost all employees need to hear that their dedication is noticed and that it matters. In addition, recognition and gratitude have been shown to improve employee self-confidence, decision-making, resilience, productivity, and achievement of business goals.
Hundreds of research studies clearly indicate that expressing gratitude positively influences our health and well-being. Although the benefits of gratitude are widely recognized, we do not express gratitude very often, let alone at work. Is the busy day-to-day life an excuse for gratitude to be at the bottom of the to-do list?
Keys to creating a culture of gratitude and recognition among your employees
Official communication of the employee recognition culture
It’s not just telling managers to take time out of their schedules to thank the team. You have to give visibility and present the new practice as a way to collaborate and grow within your company. You can make an event, a communication to the whole organization, and explain why and how this will be part of the corporate culture. Start with a shower of gratitude to all areas, and invite others.
Simplifies, facilitates and humanizes
Simplify the process of expressing gratitude as much as possible. You can opt for a thank-you note board visible to all or a digital platform with simple to manage logic. By leaving your message, convey appreciation for what the other person did. It is only necessary to highlight the specific action and its impact. Leaders can be the first to set an example of how to provide positive feedback.
Recognition of the invisible contribution
Many are those who make a positive contribution to the day-to-day running of a company or team. However, on many occasions, that small gesture that contributes to others goes unseen. Encourages broad and transversal feedback, highlighting actions that generally go unnoticed, thus increasing productivity and empathy.
Positive chain and monthly campaigns
Encourages positivity by creating a movement of gratitude in the organization. Encourage those who have received thanks to do the same for others. Use a points platform for monthly campaigns, where employees can award “points” to their colleagues. This will generate a sense of community and recognition.
Alignment with corporate culture
Mobilize your team so that recognition is aligned with the company’s values and objectives. Establish specific campaigns that reinforce behaviors aligned with the corporate culture you want to strengthen.
Giving thanks can be contagious. The result will be seen not only in the smiles of your employees, but also in the results graphs. A culture of gratitude and recognition improves employee well-being and strengthens the company’s core values. By the way, thanks for reading this far! 🙂
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