You might not believe this, but there’s nowhere better than your workplace to feel motivated, improve your well-being, and reduce stress. All it takes is an effort to show gratitude.
This month, Thrive Global offers five ways to show gratitude at work to encourage a continuous cycle of recognition that spreads positivity and improves growth.
Change in workplace culture doesn’t happen overnight. Here are some ways you can show gratitude:
- Always Make It Specific: Saying thank you is important, but what matters most is expressing the reason WHY. Messages of thanks can come across as generic or uninspired without specifics. Try using the STAR Method.
- Keep It Consistent: To prevent your team members from feeling expendable, make it a habit to show your gratitude. Celebrate staff birthdays by providing a cake every month. Recognize an employee once per quarter with a traveling trophy they can display in their office.
- Send Thank You Notes: Who doesn’t like a well-timed and carefully crafted thank you note! HR Compensation has a great list of other no cost recognition examples.
- Understand What Employees Really Want: Saying thank you is not the only way to show gratitude. Managers and bosses can work with their team members on an individual basis to find out what really drives them.
- Foster a Culture of Recognition: Managers can set the tone for the work environment by making gratitude a priority as well as demonstrating it. Develop a recognition and incentive program in your department (see below) or take the time to nominate high-achieving employees for one of the many award programs offered campus-wide at UNM.
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Did you know UNM has a Staff Recognition and Incentive Program?
UNM Policy 3235 provides guidelines and suggestions for implementing a monetary or non-monetary recognition program in your workplace. Recognition programs may be informal or formal, and may include awards that are granted for significant non-recurring tasks or accomplishments. These awards are aside from the performance review process and allow for recognition of exceptional individual or group performance throughout the year.
Show gratitude in your workplace! HR Compensation has many great tips and resources for developing monetary and non-monetary recognition programs. Visit the HR Compensation Website or speak to your HR Consultant for guidelines on creating your recognition program.