Let’s be honest, we all love a compliment from time to time, especially if it is in recognising for doing a good job in the workplace. But when it comes to being shown gratitude for a job well done, can a little bit of praise and admiration really motivate us in our productivity?
What is gratitude?
According to Google, gratitude is ‘the quality of being thankful and a readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness’. Sound familiar? Well, when it comes to the workplace, probably not so much. For when it comes to performing our everyday and mundane tasks in the workplace, gratitude gets replaced with expectation, and the assumption that you will get your job done, regardless of how much extra work you put into the task at hand. While many of us can recognise this behaviour as just getting on with what we are paid to do without any fuss or need for praise, the fact of the matter is that a little bit of gratitude from time to time for a job well done can really make a world of difference.
Why gratitude at work can actually work
A lot of us may go that extra mile at work not because of potential approval or admiration from the boss, but simply because when a job has to be done, we simply keep calm and carry on. But a little bit of gratitude never really hurt anyone, and in regards to being shown gratitude from management for performing a task and showing initiative in getting it completed, a little bit of appreciation can really make a worker realise that their hard work does not go unnoticed. But showing gratitude doesn’t just have to be limited to management, as work colleagues can also express and show gratitude to their fellow workers in appreciation of a job well done.
What Get Licensed Says
Practicing gratitude may take a while to adapt to, especially when working to the best of your abilities has become the norm, but going out of your way to say ‘thank you’ and to show appreciation can really make someone’s day. Acts of kindness can really make a difference to the cultural of the workplace and can contribute greatly to overall productivity and happiness. Try it, what’s the worst that could possibly happen?