In the spirit of Thanksgiving, take a moment to look around your office. In general, does it feel like a place that encourages and values a culture of gratitude? Is it a place where you feel appreciated for all that you do? If you answered no, you are not alone. A recent poll conducted by Gallup Organization, found that 65 percent of surveyed employees do not feel appreciated at work. Unfortunately for both the employee and employer, feeling underappreciated can lead to pervasive negativity, low morale, and decreased productivity.  

Gratitude in the workplace: A little goes a long way

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, take a moment to look around your office. In general, does it feel like a place that encourages and values a culture of gratitude? Is it a place where you feel appreciated for all that you do? If you answered no, you are not alone. A recent poll conducted by Gallup Organization, found that 65 percent of surveyed employees do not feel appreciated at work. Unfortunately for both the employee and employer, feeling underappreciated can lead to pervasive negativity, low morale, and decreased productivity. 


According to that same poll, 80 percent of employees responded that praise and recognition motivate them to do a better job at work. An increase in productivity is only one of the many benefits that result from receiving regular recognition and praise. A culture of gratitude in the workplace can enhance engagement among colleagues and improve retention. Also, those employees who feel appreciated receive higher loyalty and satisfaction scores from customers.

Five easy ways to show your appreciation in the workplace
  1. Say thank you
  2. Write a thank you card or email
  3. Treat them to coffee or lunch
  4. Give them a gift card
  5. Help them when they need it

Carlson Marketing conducted another study to see if gratitude could promote happiness, and in turn have a measured impact on relationship strength. The study uncovered some interesting findings - not only does gratitude trigger positive emotions, but it triggers those feelings in both the giver and receiver of gratitude. Since gratitude stimulates happiness and positive emotions in both parties involved, the more connected they will feel to their organization and colleagues. Therefore, it's not surprising that a small act of appreciation can lead to an increase in productivity, retention, and overall morale.

Living and working in today's business climate can feel "thankless." Showing a bit of appreciation during tough times will not only help the people around you, but it will also help you stay positive. Even the worst situation may be improved with a more optimistic perspective. 

So this Thanksgiving and frequently, take the time to thank those individuals who help, support, and mentor you at work. After all, a simple thank you goes a long way.