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Feeling valued at work is crucial for employees and employers that’s why creating a culture of mindfulness and gratitude, where everyone is encouraged to speak up about who they are grateful for in the workplace, is key. Practicing gratitude and mindfulness at work can play very crucial roles in the development of an organization in the sense that, the more someone feels appreciated, the more motivated they will feel to work harder bringing about productivity and a sense of job satisfaction. Mindfulness can act as a tool to help people manage their stress, recognize the good throughout their day, and take on their day with ease and confidence.

Here are few steps to show gratitude and mindfulness at work:

1. Be Sincere Authenticity is perhaps the most important aspect of being grateful. Heartfelt expressions of thanks are welcomed by those to whom they are expressed and have an uplifting effect. Therefore, make sure that your gratitude is genuine.

2. Begin by Giving Thanks Start your workday or meetings by sharing what you are thankful for with your coworkers and having them do likewise. This simple act of public thanksgiving can provide some great benefits. Furthermore, this type of group sharing is likely to build stronger personal bonds among associates and improve the workplace culture.

3. Get Personal In addition to showing gratitude collectively, it is important to display your thankfulness for specific individuals and actions. Share a personal thank you with your most reliable performers in private conversation. Show your appreciation for someone through a nice handwritten letter or card. (While emails can serve this purpose too, letters and cards are usually viewed as more personal and heartfelt, so they are more likely to be seen as meaningful by the recipients.) Consider buying your coworker a small gift as a token of appreciation for a job well done. However you decide to communicate your gratefulness for your colleagues’ efforts, be sure to specify exactly what it is that you are grateful for so they have a clear understanding of why they are valued.

4. Share the Spotlight Every successful organization has people who do essential tasks while flying under the radar, and it is important to recognize the necessary work they do in order to build morale and foster cohesion within the team. Frequently giving credit where credit is due will help unite team members and establish the requisite tone needed to maintain a smoothly functioning operation.

5. Compensate Accordingly Perhaps nothing speaks louder than the level of compensation received for work done. Human beings need incentives to work hard and to strive for success, so be sure to fairly compensate according to the quality of services provided. All the thanks and recognition in the world will ring hollow to a person who experiences a pay cut, who is continually passed over for promotions despite being a valuable highly qualified asset to the company, or a boss is never complimented for their lenience, who goes out of their way to make the work environment conducive and provides avenues for growth for employees. Offering avenues for compliments, advancement, fair pay, and good benefits will keep associates from feeling underappreciated, and it will help the business attract and retain industry talent. In addition to these core steps, there are a few which should not be left out:

  • Surprise your team or boss with lunch, coffee or another treat.

  • Be respectful of each other's time.

  • Compliment your boss in a group setting.

  • Recognize efforts even when things go wrong.

  • Say 'thank you' often.

Showing thankfulness in the workplace is extremely beneficial, and knowing how to establish an attitude of gratitude into your company’s culture can help it reach heights that have been so far unattainable. We are approaching the Easter season, take time to reflect on the blessings in your life and the people who mean the most to you. This includes the people with whom you work, so consider how you can meaningfully share your appreciation for them with sincerity and authentic affection. Leadership Excellence can help your organization develop a positive, thriving culture.


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