‘Tis the season to be thankful.
However, one gratitude project shows Americans aren’t grateful for their jobs or those in their workplace.
According to John Templeton Foundation’s Expanding Gratitude Project, 2 out of 5 respondents never expressed gratitude to their boss and 29% never conveyed thanks to their colleagues.
My husband snapped this photo when reading the Indianapolis Business Journal yesterday:
What’s going on here? Are people miserable at work, despise colleagues or just self-focused?
According to the authors of The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins To Ignite Joy, Engagement and Creativity at Work, an employee’s perception, motivation and emotions of happenings within the work day directly affect work performance and behavior toward coworkers.
Perhaps Americans are lacking meaningful work or being stifled at the office in a myriad of ways. Either way, it seems lonely to be in management and tough to be part of an office team.
Consider being a gratuitous difference maker in your workplace. Try it on for size. Today thank, adore, appreciate and genuinely compliment. Look around and smile. Say I see you and the difference you are making around here.
‘Tis the season to buy a coffee for a colleague or write a quick note. Let’s appreciate each other.