January is National Thank You Month!
We hope you are ringing in the new year with optimism and excitement! It is a fresh new start and there is no better way to look forward than with gratitude. January is National Thank You Month and it is at the perfect time to invest in new activities to nurture gratitude and kindness in the coming year.
Here are 5 ways to embrace gratitude and thanks all month long in life and in the workplace, setting the stage for a year full of these habits.
5 Ways to Embrace Workplace Gratitude Now
1. Make thank you note writing an accessible and fun activity for the year.
After the holidays, parents often sit their kids down to write thank you notes for gifts. However, we don’t often practice what we preach. January is a perfect time to think of the gifts not only received during the holiday season but in life overall. What are the intangible gifts that you receive from others that make life better? Take the time to ponder who deserves an extra thank you and write a special note to them.
In the workplace, share gThankYou’s how-to guide “Writing Thank You Notes Employees Will Treasure” to managers and provide supplies. Be sure senior management models the thank you note behavior they want from the rest of the staff to make sharing written appreciation part of your workplace culture.
Commit to providing an “Appreciation Station” in the new year where all employees can grab a thank you card, fun pens and stamps. Make it easily accessible and regularly encourage team members to write notes to each other, customers, business partners, significant others and whoever else!
2. Start a gratitude journal and gift them to your team.
Gratitude journals may seem trendy, but for good reason. The act of written acknowledgement can be key in embracing gratitude. It puts words around feelings and can serve as a great reminder of all the positives in life when times are challenging. There are volumes of research on the science of journaling and the wonders it does for our brain and how it impacts not just us, but also the people around us.
If you are a leader in your organization, we highly recommend starting a gratitude journal and giving them out as gifts to your team. Once you experience the joy that ensues, it will likely feel very natural to want employees to also embrace the act. It serves as a thoughtful, productive gift that may resonate deeply with others.
Consider offering journaling classes with an expert – an easy online offering that provides wellbeing benefits both personally and professionally. And, a great supplement with the gift of a gratitude journal.
3. Embrace tech-based appreciation sharing.
We are huge fans of written thank you notes (see #1), but there are also many ways to get the gratitude flowing through other platforms. In honor of national thank you month, try something new. As you know, tech can take may forms, so what works for you? What would employees’ appreciate? Not sure? Ask them!
- A group text sharing thanks can be a high point of someone’s day – it’s quick and easy!
- A shout out on an internal message board can make a team or individual feel like a VIP.
- A social media spotlight can express thanks to a wide audience with some imagery, a video or a link to a success story.
- A digital showering of “thank yous” when an employee is recognized by peers, customers or managers.
Organizations that have collaborative platforms, message boards, internal communications channels and social media tools should embrace gratitude in tech-savvy ways. Check out the success of Thnks. Don’t forget the #gratitude #YouAreAwesome #thankyou hashtags!
4. Reach out and thank those who deserve extra appreciation this year.
This has been a time of uncertainty for everyone. Rules are consistently changing. Agility is not only helpful but critical for survival. Everyone has made sacrifices. So whether your team has worked extra hours, gone the extra mile to make things work, worked the front lines, or kept the company running from the back room, be sure to say thank you!
We always think a Grocery Gift Certificate is appropriate – the gift of food is universal and always appreciated.
Looking for creative yet meaningful thank you gift ideas? Check out gThankYou’s The Big List of Employee Appreciation Gift Ideas and be inspired!
5. Find a quote and make it visible.
Read it, say it, live it. Find a quote about gratitude that speaks to you and put it somewhere in your line of sight. It can be a sticky note, a screen saver, a note pinned to the wall. Let this visual item be a constant reminder that you are grateful. Encourage other to do the same, and watch how contagious gratitude can be. Here are some gratitude quotes to get you started.
Consider updating the office with a culture wall and provide a budget for employees’ remote offices to choose gapingvoid inspirational artwork. Categories including: gratitude, appreciation, collaboration and much more!
Commit to Gratitude in the New Year
Let the new year inspire you to focus on nurturing gratitude in your personal and work lives. To go deep into understanding why gratitude is so powerful and how to harness it for the workplace, download our FREE eBook, “Transform Your Workplace with Gratitude“.
Happy New Year! May it be a comeback year full of happiness and success!
Your friends at gThankYou
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