Office Gratitude Doesn’t Have an OffSeason

I originally wrote this post for Motivosity, a peer-to-peer recognition software. Enjoy!

We wrapped up the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give back.

In the early winter months, we increase our charitable acts and remember the joy in life. That’s great, but in the offseason — challenge yourself to master best practices for showing appreciation.

Giving back to employees through gratitude is a best practice that leaders need to bring into the office.

According to a 2013 survey sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, 80% of Americans said that receiving gratitude makes them work harder, but when it came to distributing gratitude, only 10% said they share thanks with fellow employees every day.

“As an employee, it’s easy to second guess yourself and ask if what you’re doing is right or wrong, which means you are often left to interpret your own work,” said Chad Perry, VP of Sales with Motivosity.

“As a result, employees go home thinking ‘I’ve failed’ (because we’re all too hard on ourselves).”

Avoid this dilemma by filling your office with gratitude to create a culture of thanks giving to see increased employee engagement rates.

Giving Thanks Inspires Motivation

“When a manager takes time to thank their employees, it accomplishes two things,” added Perry.

“First, it lets employees know they are on the right track, and most importantly, it establishes a personal relationship between the leader and their employees. This makes both parties feel like they are in it together.”

According to research from the London School of Economics in 2011, when leadership gives thanks and shares praise, employees are more connected to their work.

When employees receive a thank you from their manager, it proves their work is valuable. Add more value to your thank you by sharing it through a social recognition platform like Motivosity.

Giving Thanks is More Valuable than Financial Incentives

Money is great, there is no denying it — but money isn’t the best answer for thanking your employees.

Financial incentives don’t have a personal connection.

To clarify, companies should start employees off with a fair salary and benefits package. Management should also reevaluate compensation when the time is right.

When it’s time to reward employees for a job well done, creating a personalized approach is most effective. A heart-felt thank you is priceless and a stellar move for appreciating your employees.

Giving Thanks to your Employees with a Free Day

It’s easy to get completely wrapped up in your work, missing priceless moments in the process. Technology is one culprit — making employees more productive, which creates increased pressure to work longer, harder hours.

One of the best ways to give back is rewarding employees with a free day. Managers can even incentivize employees for staying off their phones and email, allowing them to get quality R&R.

Motivosity allows employees to collaborate and work with management to organize workloads in order to make a free day possible.

Imagine how a day with family, away from screens will improve your employees’ moods and motivation. Free days are a valuable act of gratitude.

Giving Thanks through Personalization

If you’ve ever received a crayon-created drawing from a child, you know the warm, fuzzy feelings associated with personalized gifts.

Personalization is the key to creating a culture of gratitude.

One method managers use to get in tune with their employees is analyzing Motivosity’s personality tests. The test gives management the tools to learn custom qualities about their employees’ interests, which allows managers to create genuine experiences.

For example, if your employee loves to write, they may appreciate a simple, hand-written thank you note. That is the perfect, personalized thank you.

Giving Thanks by Encouraging Team Involvement

Once you master the previously mentioned best practices, you’re on your way to creating an office culture filled with thanks giving.

The next step is teaching your employees how to share gratitude with their team.

When employees share a thank you through a peer-to-peer recognition software like Motivosity, friendships develop, employee engagement increases and the entire office is motivated.

Giving thanks is a simple, yet effective way to create an awesome workplace culture.