Developing Workplace Gratitude, Culture, and Well-being

Immerse yourself in a wealth of insightful articles designed to nurture workplace gratitude, enhance employee well-being, and foster a thriving workplace culture. This category presents innovative strategies and practical tips that will bolster employee engagement, encourage team building, and boost overall productivity.

Cultivating Connection and Positivity in the Workplace

Discover the transformative power of regular check-ins and small gestures of appreciation in strengthening workplace relationships. Explore how incorporating elements of happiness, like pet-friendly policies or the surprise delight of cat videos, can enhance employee well-being and inject joy into your daily work environment. Additionally, understand the role of nutrition in promoting both individual and collective happiness in the workplace.

Harnessing Gratitude and Celebrating Values

Uncover the profound effects of practicing gratitude in the workplace, from expressing heartfelt thanks to planning appreciation events. Get inspired by thought-provoking TED Talks that reveal how gratitude can rewire the brain, foster positive relationships, and increase happiness. Moreover, learn the importance of celebrating teams and organizational values to underscore that your business is about people and values, not just work and the bottom line.

Navigating New Ways of Working

With the evolving work landscape, learn how to adapt to new ways of working and retain top talent, particularly in remote and hybrid environments. Appreciate the significance of random acts of kindness and gratitude in creating a supportive workplace atmosphere. Furthermore, understand the critical role of mental health and well-being, especially in the current mental health crisis.

Reboarding with a Focus on Gratitude and Well-being

As you reboard employees, seize the opportunity to reinvigorate your workplace culture with a focus on gratitude. Find out how to make employee appreciation a central pillar in your workplace, fostering a positive and engaging culture as you navigate the new normal.

Embark on the exciting journey of cultivating a vibrant and grateful workplace, where every employee feels valued and motivated. Happy reading!



  • Summer Onboarding – Make it Fun Outdoors!

    Host an onboarding event outside!

    Are you onboarding employees or interns for summer? If so, take advantage of being outside for social events!

    Who needs workplace fun? We all do! Social events are great for workplace culture and morale which are critically important for employee engagement and retention. Welcome new staff with fun outdoor activities that everyone can enjoy.

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  • How to Prioritize Workplace Wellbeing

    Workplace wellbeing matters!

     

    If workplace wellbeing isn’t on your priority list, now’s the time to put it on the top. Worksite wellness initiatives have been gathering steam for quite a while, but the pandemic wreaked havoc on health in a wide variety of ways. To truly appreciate your team members, be sure to provide a healthy environment where the whole being can thrive.

    According to a recent report by Gallup,

    “Organizations are responsible for the wellbeing of their employees — alleviating burnout is the right thing to do. And, it is essential for engaging and retaining top talent.”

    Burnout is real. And it’s costly. Intelligent leaders are in-tune with the signs are offer ways to address the problem.
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  • Crisis in Workplace Burnout and How to Help

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    Workplace Burnout Has Worsened During Pandemic

    NPR’s Life Kit recently addressed the growing problem of workplace burnout.  They shared results from a survey supported by Harvard Business Review from the fall of 2020 which indicated that burnout is a global problem (respondents were from 46 countries) that has gotten worse during the pandemic.

    Here are some statistics:

    • 89% of respondents said work life was getting worse.
    • 85% said well-being had declined.
    • 56% said demands had increased.
    • 62% of those struggling to manage their workloads experienced burnout “often” or “extremely often” in previous three months.
    • 57% of employees felt that pandemic had a “large effect on” or “completely dominated” their work.

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  • The Power of Workplace Gratitude

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    Gratitude in our personal and professional lives is a trending topic these days, but when we first introduced our popular ebook, Transforming Your Workplace With Gratitude, in 2013 we were in the vanguard of the workplace gratitude movement as it relates to company culture and employee engagement.
    Sharing new information related to this fascinating topic through our publications and blog has long been a priority. In the face of the worldwide pandemic, gratitude is again a popular topic. Be sure to check out our other posts on gratitude in the category, “Workplace Gratitude, Culture, Well-being”.Download your free copy and harness the power of workplace gratitude!Since its introduction, our eBook on workplace gratitude has been a helpful guide for companies, large and small, as they learned to embrace an attitude of gratitude.  Over the last five years, research has underscored the power of gratitude in our lives.
    This growing body of research demonstrates that companies that make an effort to appreciate employees are among the most successful, most innovative companies in the world and have the highest rates of employee satisfaction and retention. (more…)
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  • Take Back the Holidays

    Thanksgiving Family Picture

    The craziness of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday, make it easy to lose the joy and spirit of the holidays. Feeling tired and stressed with the holidays looming ahead? You are not alone.

    Your colleagues likely feel this way too. When it comes to sharing year-end employee appreciation, no one wants yet another holiday trinket.

    Take Back the Holidays

    You can take back the holidays with gratitude.

    Gratitude is transformative – it lifts spirits, reminds us of the goodness in others and inspires hope and happiness. It changes our focus so we see more clearly what’s really important.

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  • Focusing on Gratitude Adds Meaning to Holidays

    Melody Beattie Thanksgiving quote
    From “The Language of Letting Go: Hazelden Meditation Series”, author Melody Beattie.

    As we approach celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends, this quote from Melody Beattie beautifully reminds us of the transformative power of gratitude at the holidays – and every day.

    Beattie knows about the transformative power of gratitude having survived a traumatic childhood, addiction and the loss of a child but emerging from this to live a a full and rewarding life. After having an epiphany in rehab that got her to focus her energies on “the right things,” she became a renowned self-help author (she literally wrote the book on codependency, followed by many other bestsellers) and remains a celebrated writer and an inspiring beacon for many struggling with addiction and grief. The daily meditations on her website (or apps) are a good way to start or end your day!

    Let’s break down what she said in this quote because while it’s the perfect quote as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, it’s also a powerful reminder for us to look at every day through the lens of gratitude.

    Gratitude:

    “Unlocks the fullness of life…”
    Who doesn’t want to live their life fully, experiencing the maximum of satisfaction and joy at both home and at work. Gratitude opens our eyes to the beauty and goodness of the world around us. It energizes us and brings hope. Sharing gratitude brings out the best in those around us too.

    “Turns what we have into enough…”
    Gratitude allows us to be thankful for the abundance of good things in life and not be driven by societal or selfish needs. Gratitude helps us realize we are, and we have, enough.

    Research finds that “just acting grateful can make you feel grateful” says Arthur C. Brooks in “Choose to be Grateful. It will make you Happier.” He goes on to say:

    “If you want a truly happy holiday, choose to keep the “thanks” in Thanksgiving, whether you feel like it or not.”

    “…turns denial into acceptance…”
    Gratitude let’s us enjoy relatives and friends for who they are – imperfections and all. And, most importantly accepting ourselves for doing the best we can. Gratitude heals.

    In a recent Forbes article on gratitude, positive psychologist researcher and author Robert Emmons “cites research showing the effectiveness of gratitude in buffering stress and building resilience. He even recommends a strategy he calls “Remember the bad.” The point is not to dwell on the negative, but to look back and reflect on difficult experiences and how we got through them. In doing so, we learn not to take our current blessings for granted. We are also reminded of the resources that helped us weather past storms.”

    “…chaos to to order, confusion to clarity…”
    Stopping to take a breath and reframing stress that can come at the holidays (or any day) is an opportunity to clear your mind and re-prioritize what’s important. Being grateful helps put what’s really important in perspective.

    “…turns a meal into a feast, a house into a home and a stranger to a friend.”

    No matter the scale of the meal, gratitude for the bounty and those we share it with turns any occasion into a “feast”.

    Thanksgiving is a holiday uniquely steeped in a history of gratitude. It’s the one time of year we treat everyone as family. It’s gratitude that allows us to open our hearts and our homes.

    This holiday season share your gratitude and share in the joy you spread.

    Wherever and however you celebrate Thanksgiving, we hope the meal becomes a feast of gratitude for you and your loved ones.

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  • Secrets to Being a Great Place to Work

    Happy Diverse Workers
    An insightful Forbes article described culture as the backbone of a happy workforce.  That’s a great metaphor because a positive company culture favorably impacts recruitment, increases job satisfaction, inspires collaboration, boosts morale and reduces stress.  It’s the secret to being a great place to work. A referenced Deloitte study examining core beliefs and culture revealed there’s a link between employees who say they are “happy at work” and feel “valued by their company” and those who say their organization has a clearly articulated and lived culture.
    Speaking of culture, cultureIQ gathered their “favorite culture and employee engagement statistics” into one handy spot.  Their statement about the impact of culture is a strong reminder that:

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  • Want a Happy Workplace? Embrace Equality & Diversity

    Build a happy workplace
    Building a happy workplace is a priority for many employers. It starts with doing the fundamentals such as diversity, equality and fairness well.  Embrace these and you’ll have the foundation needed for building a great workplace. Add a commitment to employee appreciation and you’ll create a happy, productive and loyal workforce.

    Inequality Breeds Unhappiness

    Why is that even when, in general, we are more prosperous, we are less happy?  Jonathan Rauch explores this issue in-depth in a New York Times op-ed
    In America (and also in other countries), an impressive postwar rise in material well-being has had zero effect on personal well-being. The divergence between economic growth and subjective satisfaction began decades ago. Real per capita income has more than tripled since the late 1950s, but the percentage of people saying they are very happy has, if anything, slightly declined.

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  • There’s a Science to Happiness in the Workplace

    Nuture happiness in the workplace

    Happiness in the workplace is achievable — and you can learn how.


    On September 3, the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, will launch a new online course, “The Science of Happiness at Work.” Based on the center’s hugely popular free course “The Science of Happiness,” this new course will teach attendees why it matters so much to promote happiness in the workplace and how to do it. As the center puts it:

    People who are happier at work are more committed to their organization, rise to positions of leadership more rapidly, are more productive and creative, and suffer fewer health problems. More and more, research is suggesting that happiness should not be an afterthought for workplaces; it should be an essential goal, entwined with the kinds of 21st century skills that are key to individual and organizational success today.

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  • Resources to Build an Employee Wellness Program

    Building an employee wellness program should take into account diet, exercise and overall wellbeing.

    Building an employee wellness program includes exercise and diet activities, but should go beyond those, too.

    Thinking about building an employee wellness program?
    They’re still quite popular with businesses looking for perks that will benefit both workers and leadership. Per HR Dive, in a 2017 study by Virgin Pulse, 85 percent of employers surveyed said their wellness programs were good for employee engagement, recruitment, retention, and overall company culture. More than just offering exercise- and diet-related options, these programs are increasingly incorporating mental-health components as well. That shift has proven popular with employees, 85 percent of whom say they want help managing stress. (more…)

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  • Being a Good Citizen is Good for Business

    Being a Good Citizen Is Good for Employers and Workers

    Being a good citizen is good.Being a good citizen is good for business — in more than one way. Last year, Harvard Business Review reported on the beneficial effects when employees engage in “citizenship behaviors.” That’s another way to say going above and beyond: “helping out coworkers, volunteering to take on special assignments, introducing new ideas and work practices, attending non-mandatory meetings, putting in extra hours to complete important projects, and so forth.”
    Research has found that employees who voluntarily demonstrate citizenship behaviors tend to find their work more meaningful. They also perform better and improve their companies’ performance, as well. For all of these reasons, smart employers want to encourage being a good citizen at their companies.
    HBR’s recommendation is to promote “citizenship crafting,” or offering workers the opportunity to figure out how their own strengths and preferences can best be utilized to add value to the business. The idea is straightforward: When employees can help in ways they find personally satisfying and that align with their own values and goals, the help will be better and come more frequently. This is also a relief for managers, who don’t have to push so hard when extra help is needed. (more…)

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  • The Power of Shared Workplace Experiences

    shared experiences such as community service

    Community service is a great way to get your team out of the office and bond over a project that makes everyone feel better. (Photo via Rocco Rossi, Flickr)


    Shared experiences among co-workers are instrumental when it comes to building strong and effective teams.  Don’t forget to include remote workers when communicating, collaborating and creating shared experiences – they are an important part of your team too!
    In an article on shared experiential learning on HR Dive, author Tess Taylor explains the basics:

    Employees benefit from having a common experience during the learning process. This social interaction helps individuals digest new concepts and gives them an opportunity to learn from each other.

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  • In a Giving Culture, You Get a Lot Too

    Creating a giving culture means learning how to take sometimes, too.

    Creating a giving culture means learning how to take sometimes, too.

    Companies with a giving culture are more successful.
    They say it’s better to give than to receive. It turns out it could be way better!
    Beloved Wharton School professor Adam Grant’s 2013 bestseller, Give and Take, used groundbreaking research to show that giving can have a revolutionary positive effect on all kinds of businesses. Givers are employees who help others regardless of whether they’re getting something in return. And the best-performing employees and leaders inevitably turn out to be givers. By taking steps to foster a giving culture, companies can significantly improve their productivity and efficiency, and their employee engagement and loyalty. One consulting firm estimated that implementing a giving culture saved it more than $250,000 and 50 workdays. A pharmaceutical company credited its giving culture with saving over $90,000 and 67 days of labor. (more…)

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  • Cultivating Workplace Community by Doing Good

    Support your teams in cultivating workplace community by doing good

    When workplace volunteers come together it builds satisfaction, happiness and community engagement. Building workplace community is easy in the summer! Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels


    Summer is an opportune time to cultivate workplace community by volunteering in the community as a team.  Just in the month of June alone there are two officially designated dates that you can celebrate: The United Way’s Day of Action 2018 which occurs on (or around) June 21 and United Nation’s Public Service Day on June 23.  It’s always great to recognize the good work that your staff does in the workplace, but doing good outside the office is likely to boost happiness, improve engagement and build workplace spirit.

    Why Volunteering As A Team Is Valuable

    A Huffington Post article exploring how workplace giving and volunteering can drive employee engagement explained that “prosocial” behavior, doing something for the benefit of someone else, positively affects the individuals participating in it, and in return, their workplaces.
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  • Safety Incentives Done Right Get Everyone on Board

    Is your safety incentives program working?

    June is National Safety Month! Free Materials from the National Safety Council.

    Safety Incentives Work — When They’re Deployed Properly

    Does your company have a safety incentives program? And if you do, is it working? June is National Safety Month, making it the perfect time to reflect on how to engage employees and motivate them to work more safely.
    Make no mistake, a safety incentives program isn’t sufficient on its own. As one expert told EHS Today, “Safety incentives programs are icing on the cake. They complement a well-rounded safety program.” Essential components of an effective safety program include return-to-work light-duty programs, accident investigations, and safety committees. (more…)

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  • Intern Onboarding Tips and Best Practices

    Onboard interns like any other employee.

    Summer’s coming! Are you preparing your internship program?

    The time is right for making sure your interns have a rewarding work experience this summer. That experience begins even before their first day on the job. Here are intern onboarding tips to ensure they feel valued and an important part of your workplace culture from the start. Don’t forget – these young adults are potential future employees and will also serve as ambassadors for the company during and after their internship.

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  • How to Nurture a Sense of Workplace Belonging

    How to build a sense of belonging in the workplace

    Nurturing a sense of belonging in the workplace is essential for productive workplace culture. (Photo via Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts, Flickr)

    What are we really talking about when we say “employee engagement”? A workforce that shares a sense of belonging in the workplace, for starters.
    This is the new evolution of engagement: really drilling down to core concepts to better understand business jargon.
    “Engagement is, as I like to joke, a six-dollar word that consultants say when people like what they do and want to come to work everyday,” executive coach and educator John Baldoni writes in a Forbes column on developing engagement.
    When an employee has a sense of belonging in the workplace, it “connotes ownership,” Baldoni writes. (more…)

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  • What’s Trending in Workplace Gratitude?

    What's trending in workplace gratitude?

    What’s trending? More workplace gratitude! (Image via FutUndBeidl, Flickr)

    As the value of workplace gratitude gets more recognition, leaders are exploring its impact and studying how to better implement it.
    The power of a positive, appreciation-driven culture is clear.
    Employees at organizations with positive cultures scored significantly higher scores in leadership caring, confidence and listening, a CultureIQ poll found. (more…)

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  • Great Workplace Culture Through Public Service

    Building great workplace culture with your team.

    Building great workplace culture doesn’t just happen inside the workplace. Sometimes going out into the community with your team is the best way to strengthen company culture.
    The United Nations’ Public Service Day is June 23, and it’s an opportunity for this kind of culture-building community outreach.
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon describes Public Service Day as a celebration of the individuals and organizations dedicated to “serving people and improving the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable.”
    What does serving the public good have to do with building great workplace culture? A lot, it turns out. (more…)

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  • Employee Welcome Gifts Help Your Company

    Share employee welcome gifts by gThankYou!

    Hang out your “welcome” sign! Welcome gifts for new hires and interns builds workplace gratitude from day one. (Photo via Bob Duran, Flickr)

    Employee welcome gifts for new hires and interns send a message from day one that your company values and appreciates its staff.
    Welcome gifts show your company is ready and excited for their contributions.
    At the San Francisco office of ad agency DDB, new employees on their first day are chauffeured to work in a Town Car. Flowers, a hoodie and a water bottle greet them at their desk. (more…)

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