As Thanksgiving approaches, it is typically the time of year when we take a moment to count the blessings in our life and give thanks. Often, the word “thankful” seems less than adequate to express how we truly feel and does not completely convey our gratitude. There are so many things for which we should be grateful. In fact, we should try to take stock of the sources of gratitude in our lives and demonstrate our gratitude on a daily basis – not just at Thanksgiving.
Begin a practice to take time out of each day and tell those around you that your life is better because of them. Naturally, we always appreciate our significant others, our children and special friends. Many share their thanks and gratitude to colleagues at work. When did you last thank a fireman or police officer? Have you acknowledged a member of the armed forces lately? There are those you do not see every day that also deserve your thanks.
Even good leaders can forget to acknowledge the contributions of their followers in the workplace. Taking your team’s work for granted can strain a relationship over time. In a much quoted Gallop survey, they found that fewer than one in three American workers can strongly agree that they had received and praise from their supervisor in the last seven days. In an uncertain economy and competitive job market, it is essential that our workforce, business partners, clients and suppliers hear directly from us that their contributions to our success are appreciated. Take time to say “thanks.” It is such a simple thing to do and yet so meaningful to the recipient. A genuine thank you is priceless.
Experience has taught us that when you acknowledge and appreciate the people around you, they work harder, perform better and care more about the people around them in return. The simple and meaningful act of showing gratitude can have a powerful “ripple effect” in both business and in the daily lives of those who directly and indirectly support your success in life. Adrian Gostic and Chester Elton, authors of The Carrot Principle, conducted a 10-year motivation study, in which more than 200,000 employees and managers were interviewed. They found that when managers are considered to be effective at 'recognizing' their employees they:
• have lower turnover rates than other managers
• achieve better organizational results
• are seen to be much stronger in goal-setting, communication, trust and accountability
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