Take a moment and think of the things that make you feel grateful. Your health. Your family. Your stellar Jira resource management software from Tempo. Now ask yourself: have you ever included your employees and colleagues on your gratitude list?
There’s evidence that you should consider it. Here’s an interesting statistic for you: a 2012 study of more than 1,700 employees by the American Psychological Association (APA) showed that more than half planned to look for new jobs because they felt underappreciated. Think about that: more than half! Research shows that gratitude at work is linked to “more positive emotions, less stress and fewer health complaints, a greater sense that we can achieve our goals, fewer sick days, and higher satisfaction with our jobs and our coworkers”. Essentially, when people at work feel valued and appreciated, they tend to have high job satisfaction. They are willing to work more hours and are motivated to do the best they can.
So, when was the last time you took an employee to lunch to thank him or her for a job well done? Are you in the habit of saying thank you to others for all their hard work? Your tendency to show appreciation impacts not only the tone of the relationships you develop at work, but it also affects the quality and quantity of output that you get from your employees.
As wonderful as Tempo’s Jira resource management software is when it comes to organizing the workflow of your employees, you need to take initiative to make sure they are satisfied and engaged. You want to do more than just say “Thank you”. Take the time to really recognize employees for their contributions. Here’s how to thank someone at work in an effective way:
- Start by acknowledging what they’ve done: “Meredith, thank you for staying late last night until you resolved the bug in the code. Because of that, we were able to go live on schedule.”
- Point out the effort or sacrifice they made: “I realize that your personal life and commitments are very important to you, but you stayed overtime without making any fuss at all.
- Explain just what their work meant to you personally: “We needed to have that new webpage ready in time for the product launch, and because of you we pulled it off. We looked really good to the client, and I’m sure we’re going to be getting very valuable repeat business.”
By expressing gratitude frequently and sincerely, you increase the likelihood that your employees will stick around for a long time.
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