Today is #GivingTuesday. On this day of giving back, consider how sharing in the joys of charity and volunteerism at work engages employees. Gratitude-focused celebrations like #GivingTuesday help build a year-round spirit of workplace gratitude.
The gratitude we share over the holiday season isn’t a once-a-year diversion. Let it inspire an everyday culture of workplace gratitude in your company!
Gratitude “the high-octane fuel” of relationships, says psychology professor and eminent gratitude researcher Robert Emmons in a Fast Company article this week.
It’s vital to working relationships in particular.
Studies show that gratitude acts as a disinfectant against the “exploitation, complaint, entitlement, gossip and negativity” that plague companies with toxic workplace culture, according to Emmons. Gratitude sweeps away the toxicity and replaces it with positivity — it motivates employees, encourages loyalty, relieves stress and makes us all healthier and kinder.
“Gratitude is the ultimate performance-enhancing substance at work,” Emmons tells Fast Company. “Gratitude heals, energizes and transforms lives in a myriad of ways consistent with the notion that virtue is both its own reward and produces other rewards.”
Be inspired by the following quotes for your workplace celebration of #GivingTuesday!
11 Quotes to Inspire Workplace Gratitude
From historical quips to current-day best practices: we collected these quotes about gratitude and spreading gratitude from Parade Magazine and from the New York Times’ always-insightful “Corner Office” interview series with executives.
1. Don’t Keep It Quiet
“Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.” — Gertrude Stein, novelist
2. Realize that Gratitude Is a Human Need
“People want to be understood and respected as individuals. Years ago, an executive editor of mine said, ‘You should count the number of times you praise somebody and then double that.’ Even the toughest, steeliest writer or editor often really wants to be told, ‘Hey, that was a great piece.’ Early in my career as a manager, it probably took me a while to realize that everyone wants that. It’s just a human need.” — Cindi Leive, editor-in-chief of Glamour
3. Show Gratitude for the Little Things
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” — Robert Brault, author
4. Connect Over a Daily Meal
“What’s interesting about investing in people for the long term is that you don’t do it for a return. You do it because that’s how you connect with people, and it’s how you truly build a sustaining relationship … We have about 30 employees, and every day we sit together for lunch at one big table, and we don’t talk about work. It really brings you so much closer.” — Lorna Borenstein, founder and CEO of Grokker
5. Build a Sense of Ownership
“I learned [about leadership] from my mother, and I learned from watching politics. It’s about getting people vested in the outcome of success. … I was the chairman, so if the board did well, I was going to get credit for it. But I felt it was important to let other people get credit and recognition, and it gave them more of a sense of ownership in general.” — R. Donahue Peebles, CEO of the Peebles Corporation
6. Transform Common Days Into Thanksgivings
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward, motivational speaker and author
7. Don’t Skip the Celebration!
“One of our values … is that we are never done. That speaks to the idea of being tenacious — there is good, but you can do it even better. But you have to celebrate wins and let everyone who worked hard on something know that they were successful and that you’re proud of the team. When I was younger, I would just skip right over that. But now I understand that recognition is very important. — Niraj Shah, cofounder and CEO of Wayfair.com
8. Be Grateful for the ‘Charming Gardeners’
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust, novelist
9. Look to the Future in Gratitude
“I like being surrounded by people who have very little fear and very little respect for the past — not in a negative way, but in a positive way. They appreciate everything that’s been done, but they constantly look for how to do it better. When you lead with what’s possible, and how you create value for people, it’s energizing. Being around that kind of energy and inspiration has allowed me to think bigger than I probably ever would have thought.” — Dan Rosensweig, president and chief executive of Chegg
10. Create a Vision for Tomorrow
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie, author
11. Don’t Wait for Gratitude!
“In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day — or to celebrate each special day.” — Rasheed Ogunlaru, life coach and author
Transform Your Workplace with Gratitude
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