Building a culture of workplace gratitude could be the best thing you ever do for your business. In fact, author and speaker Toni Powell calls gratitude at work the key to success in “Why Gratitude in the Workplace?”
In her TEDx Talk, “A Love Story,” she says her husband used gratitude to transform her life. By appreciating the things she did, he taught her to think positively about herself and to look for good in the world rather than complaining and criticizing. Her husband was grateful for the smallest things which overtime changed her negative thinking.
That’s all it took. You can do the same thing and instill workplace gratitude. And Powell says:
“Gratitude has the rather extraordinary power to change just about every aspect of life—in very surprising ways.”
When you practice workplace gratitude you transform relationships, minimize complaints, and see satisfaction levels skyrocket. The effect is profound and long-lasting, Powell says, because gratitude rewires the brain to see and process the world differently. It works like this, she explains. Gratitude:
- Increases resilience
- Reduces stress
- Facilitates positive relationships
- Makes people happier
And happy people work harder!
In his TED Talk, “The Happy Secret to Better Work,“ former Harvard professor Shawn Achor says happiness improves every aspect of business.
“Happy brains are 31% more productive than negative, stressed or neutral brains, and dopamine—released when we’re happy—turns on the brain’s learning centers.”
You and your employees can train your brains to look for positivity and happiness by, among other things, writing down three things you’re grateful for everyday for 30 days.
TED Talks: building workplace gratitude
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). One of those ideas is extolling workplace gratitude. Here are eight more of the best talks related to workplace gratitude that we’ve found. Give one or more a listen—these experts have studied the topic and give you not only concepts and scientific evidence, but hands-on ways to build a culture of workplace gratitude.
Some of these videos focus on gratitude generally while others are specific to workplace gratitude, happiness, and engagement. All provide useful advice about fostering gratitude and happiness—which, in the workplace, spell productivity and a better bottom line.
Monk and interfaith scholar Brother David Steindl-Rast says everyone wants to be happy, and happiness comes from gratitude.
Counselor and life coach Dr. Laura Trice reflects on the power of a thank you to deepen relationships, repair bonds, and ensure people know what they mean to you.
Mike Robbins, former professional baseball player and author of Focus on the Good Stuff and Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken, says studies show employees who are appreciated for who they are—not what they do—are 43% more effective on the job.
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely says that what motivates us to work is making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose—not money or even joy. If you show your employees your gratitude for their efforts, they’ll feel valued and motivated. But it’s all too easy to crush motivation through lack of workplace gratitude.
Psychologist Kelly McGonigal cites new research suggesting that stress may only be bad for you if you believe it is. She urges viewing stress as a positive, and says that caring for and supporting others reduces stress and improves heart health. It’s a great reason to show appreciation and workplace gratitude.
Here’s a bonus link. For all-around leadership enhancement, try this list of “The Best TED Talks For Leaders,” compiled by content marketer Rob Wormley.
One of the best and most effective ways to become a better leader is by learning from others who’ve come before you, he writes. These videos–The Best TED Talks For Leaders—give you inspiration, motivation, or actionable advice on being a better leader for your company, your employees, and yourself.
And check out Powell’s documentary about gratitude, “Goodness Gracious Me!”
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