If there is one thing we should we should be communicating daily it’s gratitude. Expressing gratitude in the workplace is the key to fostering good relationships and cultivating a pleasant working environment.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a staff member or the manager in charge, you can use small tokens of appreciation to change your working atmosphere from negative or neutral to positive and expansive.
Here are a few ways to express your gratitude and make a difference.
Things to say:
- “I’m happy you’re here.”
- “I’m grateful you’re my coworker (or on my team.”)
- “I appreciate your smile–it cheers up my day.”
Things to do:
- Put a few words of gratitude on a colorful sticky note and tack it above a coworkers desk.
- Write a few words of appreciation on small slips of paper and stuff them into fortune cookies. Keep them personalized to each recipient.
- Create a weekly gratitude day–don’t make it a big deal–just catch a coworker in an act of kindness or generosity and let them know you appreciate their caring gesture. Listen, we all know who makes the coffee, this is a good time to acknowledge it.
Creating a culture of gratitude will yield greater profits than what’s visible on the bottom line–though it will certainly contribute to that result.
Try it. Let me know what works for you by leaving a comment below.
I’m grateful for you– my readers and clients–today and everyday. Thank you for showing up and participating.
You can find more information on this topic in my book, Misunderstood! The Fast Guide to Communicating at Work–What to Say, How to Say It and When to Shut Up. Get it at Amazon.com today.