Sometimes we forget that even a simple thing like saying thank you can mean much for the organization. Actually, everybody agrees that gratitude is not only polite but also powerful. However, few businesses owners embrace is a part of workplace culture and give strong emphasis on cultivating the culture at the workplace. In a post on Forbes, Janet Linly believes that gratitude is also good for one’s brain, for interpersonal relationship, and eventually, for business.
Workplace Culture: The Importance of Gratitude
Imagine a condition, in which you do something simple for someone other. You will feel happy when he says thank you after the task is done, right? Janet Linly cites some reasons why saying thank you is positive as a part of workplace culture:
Gratitude is Good for Your Well-Being
Studies have found a relationship between gratitude and well-being. If you think again, you will agree that it makes sense. The more frequently you appreciate others and be thankful for even simple things, the more chance that it becomes a habit in your life. Linly suggests some strategies to show your gratitude as a leader at workplace:
- Show your team that you cannot do anything on your own;
- Let them know that all members in your team, with their respective skills, strengthen your business;
- When the customers say thank you for your service, tell the gratitude to your team
- Solve the problems together and collaborate to form an efficient team
Happy Employees Mean Better Service
It is rational that people like when their jobs are valued. Appreciation is the most expected praise at the workplace, instead of financial rewards. Appreciation is a powerful tool to motivate your employees. In the end, it will lead to job satisfaction, which is indicated by happy clients. Appreciation also builds trust and encourages employees’ participation in every aspect.
Therefore, building a positive environment and workplace culture should a priority for good leaders. The following are some tips to appreciate your employees and promote their engagement:
- Recognize their hard work. Small thank-you gift can mean much for them. It can translate into marked increase in their engagement at workplace.
- Encourage the behavior of keeping morale high at the workplace. Let them decide special-event day on a week. For instance, Goodies Friday, in which the employees can take small goodies to the office, then eat and share them.
- Treat your team occasionally, for example, after completing a project. This is a great way to show appreciation.
- Take your team to picnic at least once a year, for instance, at the end of every year. This is a great way to promote a strong bond among the team members.
Happy employees are in line with better achievements. A survey conducted by Society for Human Resource Management and Globoforce in 2016 found that companies, which appreciated their employees (despite small payroll budget), had better impacts on financial outcomes. In conclusion, human beings need appreciation more than financial reward. Therefore, cultivating the habit of saying thank you is a cheap way of building psoitive workplace culture.