I recently read a blog post from Fast Company which you can see here. It's titled "Five Ways to Make Your Office Happier". Some of the statistics were eye opening. There was reference to a 2012 survey by the John Templeton Foundation which found only 10% of employees report saying thanks to a colleague every day, an even smaller percent say thanks to management. 60% of respondents said they "either never express gratitude at work or do so perhaps once a year." Never! Once a year! There are various studies that show expressing gratitude is both good for your health and good for business productivity. The Fast Company article cites a study from Harvard Health and a quick Google search shows similar results from organizations as diverse as Shape Magazine, Forbes, Huffington Post, and the National Center for Biotechnology Information, to name just a few.
Our workplace is collaborative and we hear 'thank you' often. If yours is not or you are in the large percent of people that rarely express gratitude at work you have homework! Thank someone today. Let them know specifically what you appreciate and how it helps you and/or your team. The article has several tips that can help gratitude become a regular part of your work day. It’s easy, it costs nothing more than time, and it pays back big benefits both to you and the person you thank!