By Donna Kastner, Event Marketing Specialist
In our fast-paced and sometimes frantic world, we might occasionally forget to say “thanks” to those around us. Or we do so in such a fast and fleeting way, it fails to register with our event team.
There are countless studies on the impact of gratitude in the workplace. A thoughtful “thank you” has the power to enhance health, happiness, connectedness–and can even boost brain function too.
While November is the month when many focus on thankfulness, here are five tips that can help fuel the workplace gratitude train all year long:
1. Keep a Gratitude Journal
You can’t appreciate what you don’t notice.
Incredible extra-mile efforts happen all the time, but often get missed.
Find a few minutes each week to stop and observe the amazing things team members are doing to help your organization advance.
Simply taking stock of these things will lift your spirits considerably.
2. Be Specific and Timely with Thank You’s
I once had a boss who said “thank you” all the time, but he never shared much more about what he appreciated.
Though well-intended, this more generic gratitude tends to have less impact and fades fast.
A better way: “Wow, I noticed how you… Way to go!” While a blanket thank-you is soon forgotten, when you layer in a few details, it’s not only remembered, but the behavior you praised is repeated and refined.
3. Start Team Meetings with a Thank-You Fest
For the first few minutes, give others a chance to call out something they appreciated.
Don’t make everyone feel obligated to call something out– that cheapens the gratitude exercise.
Gratitude might be to a colleague, a customer, a partner or even a vendor.
By opening your meetings up in this positive way, over time, thankfulness becomes part of your team culture.
4. Change It Up & Check With Other Observers
While the first three tips gain momentum through repetition, it’s good to change things up every now and then.
Look for opportunities to surprise and delight people who are going the extra mile.
Keep in mind, you might miss a few herculean tasks being carried out. Check in with others to make sure you’re catching remarkable efforts that happen when you’re not around.
5. Celebrate Progress, Especially on Larger Initiatives
Today, many teams work for months (sometimes years) on grander scale initiatives.
If that’s the case for your team, break down monster projects into a series of mini-milestones, where efforts are noticed, appreciated and celebrated at more frequent intervals.