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Tips for Being a More Gracious Worker

Finding gratitude in the workplace is somewhat like seeing a unicorn in the woods. Although the office is one of the places most in need of increased positivity and better relationships, are we doing enough to show appreciation at work?

Gratitude’s good for teamwork and collaboration, building your social intelligence, motivating your teammates, helping you build rapport and cultivating trust. It increases your happiness at work, and it improves your personal brand.

As simple as it is, gratitude is full of value to you and everyone around you. Plus, as a reward to boost motivation, gratitude never gets old. Here are eight ways that you can be more grateful at work:

  1. First, be a humble hero. Arrogance makes it hard to notice the successes of others, and without empathy, we can’t understand the significance of challenges that others had to overcome to succeed.
  2. Don’t reserve gratitude for personal favors. What’s good for the team and company is good for you, too, so don’t just say “thank you” when someone directly helps you. Recognize teammates for their contributions to team projects or for accomplishments that drive the company mission.
  3. A “thank you” isn’t the only way to show gratitude. You can also share what you know, be a mentor, back up someone’s ideas, refer them for promotions or offer a helping hand when someone’s drowning in assignments.
  4. Don’t just say it; show it. Learn how to show sincerity whether you thank someone in person, over email or during an online meeting. Pay attention to your tone of voice on a call, and be aware of your body language to display honesty.
  5. Put your appreciation on display. Advertise your appreciation for a colleague’s work in a group email or team workspace, or bring it up during a meeting. Create a moment of pride for them by making your acknowledgement visible.
  6. But, pay attention to how teammates really want to be appreciated. Some of your colleagues want to be rewarded in smaller ways or recognized for specific goals they’re trying to accomplish. To really understand what makes them feel most appreciated, you need to be more observant and an active listener.
  7. Mindfulness goes hand-in-hand with gratitude. In order to recognize efforts deserving of gratitude, you need to slow down and stay aware of what’s going on around you. Otherwise, a good deed may pass you by without a proper “thank you,” and true gratitude should happen both immediately and frequently.
  8. Internalize gratitude. Gratitude is a skill that can be strengthened when practiced on a regular basis. Write down what you’re thankful for, whether it’s a daily journal or a weekly “thank you” email. By really internalizing a gracious attitude, you’ll express it in everything that you do.

Practice Persevering Gratitude in Tough Times

Even in the face of professional setbacks and negativity in the workplace, you will benefit from practicing gratitude. Gratitude will help you reframe negativity into learning opportunities when a co-worker snubs you or a presentation doesn’t go your way.

Positivity, a product of gratitude, gives you the ability to draw insight from bad situations, which helps you make smarter decisions in the future. In turn, you’re more adaptive and resilient to changes and challenges, which decreases stress and negativity.

To kick-start your newfound state of gratitude, start with a simple thanks right now. Share these 25 “thank you” quotes with your co-workers to show your gratitude this holiday season.

About Ashley Speagle

Ashley Speagle is a Florida-born, Georgia-raised communications specialist, couch movie critic, dream interpreter, acrophobic adventure seeker, outdoors enthusiast, and easy-going introvert.

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