Being appreciated is one of the great motivators on the job, even better than money. Researchers at the London School of Economics analyzed more than 50 studies for a 2011 paper that looked at what gets people charged up at work. They concluded that we give our best effort if the work gets us interested and excited, if we feel that it’s providing meaning and purpose, and if others appreciate what we’re doing.
Google and a few other companies are setting a new trend—because expressions of gratitude around the workplace tend to be scarce. In a 2013 survey of 2,000 Americans on gratitude sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, some 80% agreed that receiving gratitude makes them work harder, but only 10% managed to express gratitude to others every day. “Thanks”—whether sent up, down or sideways—was rarely heard.
So what is the best way to show gratitude at work? The trick is to be specific about what someone has done, and to give honest and sincere appreciation.
In a 2013 survey of 2,000 Americans, some 80% agreed that receiving gratitude makes them work harder. (Illustration: Joao Fazenda)
Source: “It Pays to Give Thanks at the Office,” by Janice Kaplan, The Wall Street Journal, August 7, 2015, adapted from her latest book, “The Gratitude Diaries,” http://www.wsj.com/articles/it-pays-to-give-thanks-at-the-office-1438959788
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