It’s an age-old saying that manners cost nothing but mean everything.
Let’s consider how it might not just be about manners; it’s about the profound impact of gratitude on workplace engagement. Saying “thank you” is just the tip of the iceberg. When embedded into the very fabric of an organisation, gratitude can be the catalyst for a monumental transformation in employee engagement, satisfaction, and productivity.
Let’s dive a bit deeper, shall we? Workplace engagement isn’t merely about showing up; it’s about being mentally and emotionally invested in the work. A study by Glassdoor found that more than 80% of employees say they’re motivated to work harder when their boss shows appreciation for their work compared to just under 40% who are motivated to work harder when their boss is demanding or because they fear losing their job (Glassdoor, 2013). Read that again!
Gratitude isn’t just the polite nod after a job well done; it’s the art of recognising and appreciating the unique contributions of each individual.
When positive leaders acknowledge the efforts of their team members authentically, it can lead to a domino effect of positivity.
We’re talking about employees who don’t just come to work, they come to work inspired, invigorated, and ready to innovate. They’re engaged, not because they have to be, but because they want to be. They feel seen, valued, and essentially, human.
So, how can we cultivate a culture of gratitude?
It starts at the top.
Leaders who champion and create a gratitude-rich environment set the tone for the rest of the company. It’s about consistent acknowledgement, whether it’s through a well-crafted email, a shout-out in a team meeting, or public recognition of a job exceptionally well done.
And let’s not forget the personal touch—a handwritten note can speak volumes over an ephemeral digital message.
And yet, gratitude shouldn’t be a top-down affair. It must be a 360-degree ethos that permeates every level of the organisation. Encouraging team members to express their appreciation for each other can fortify team bonds and create an atmosphere where everyone thrives.
The effects? They’re tangible. According to a study published in the ‘Journal of Applied Sports Psychology’, gratitude increased self-esteem, which is an essential component of optimal performance (Journal of Applied Sports Psychology, 2014). Apply that to the workplace, and you’ve got employees who are not only more confident in their roles but are also better equipped to tackle challenges and achieve their goals.
Gratitude also plays a significant role in wellness. A paper published in the ‘Journal of Personality and Social Psychology’ found that gratitude was linked to fewer health complaints and more time spent exercising (Emmons & McCullough, 2003). Healthier employees are happier employees, and happier employees are what? More engaged and more productive!
In the conundrum of maintaining a successful, productive and engaged team, gratitude is the golden thread. It’s what can transform the mundane into the extraordinary. Beyond the simple “thank you”, it’s about creating an environment where employees feel genuinely appreciated, where their contributions are acknowledged AND celebrated.
Weaving gratitude into your organisation’s culture is a must-have—a strategic imperative that will demonstrate that you value our employees as much as your bottom line. And while the journey towards a gratitude-rich workplace requires commitment, the rewards are boundless, leading to a workplace that is more engaged, more loyal, productive, and, fundamentally, happier.
If you are looking for a new and innovative way to transform your workplace environment , contact us today and discover how and where you can start making these changes so that they are ingrained in your culture.