How a Simple 'Thank You' Can Motivate Your Workplace
August 12, 2015
Most of us sign our work emails with ‘thanks,' but according to author Janice Kaplan, who penned ‘The Gratitude Diaries,’ there’s a conspicuous lack of genuine thanks in the workplace. This is a pity, because it turns out gratitude is profoundly motivating—maybe even more motivating than money! In a new study, 81 percent of people said they’d work harder for an appreciative boss, but only 10 percent said they showed their colleagues gratitude on a regular basis. Conversely, financial incentives provide temporary fuel, but once they’re achieved, employee satisfaction goes back to baseline. The bottom line? Whether you’re a worker bee or a boss, don't be afraid to show gratitude at the office. It might get you more than just appreciation. Does your office have a culture of gratitude, or platitudes? Sound off in the comments.