Thankful bosses are good for business.
Be thankful for what you have. It’s a good life lesson, but it’s also a good business practice.
Research shows grateful bosses reap more from their employees than those who take their teams for granted. That’s according to an excellent Wall Street Journal blog post by Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, professor of psychiatry and medicine at Duke University Medical Center. And while it may seem like common sense to some, there are far too many employers out there who don’t seem to meaningfully thank those who work for them.
Often times, because of distractions such as stress, lack of time or short-handed staffing, bosses miss opportunities to express appreciation for their employees. This can leave the people they rely on most feeling taken for granted or invisible—a situation that can adversely affect the organization in more ways than one might think.
Gratefulness and your bottom line
According to the Wall Street Journal post, there is a growing body of research that shows how when employees feel valued and appreciated, organizations develop a stronger workforce. It seems to stem from people having greater levels of happiness. And happy people have been found to be more productive and engaged with their work. Who doesn’t want that?
What’s more, bosses who are more grateful also see benefits in their own lives. From the article:
Improving workplace morale isn’t the only reason to practice thankfulness. More studies show gratitude practices not only result in better sleep, mood and alertness, but surprisingly, may also improve overall health as well as physical risk markers for future disease.
So, if you want to be an effective leader, and help your teams thrive–you should regularly show your appreciation to others and cultivate being grateful for the goodness in your own life. Writing a heartfelt note to an employee can be significant–but it isn’t the only way. Celebrating “small wins,” a few sincere words in the hallway, taking an employee for lunch or a “call out” to express gratitude before a team meeting can also be meaningful.
Don’t forget Employee Appreciation Day is March 4, 2016.
Mark your calendars for Employee Appreciation Day, and don’t wait until the last minute to plan something special for your team. If your company has set in motion some really awesome plans for this special day, please let us know! We’d love to share with our readers and social media followers examples of companies showing their appreciation for the people who help make them great.
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