Businesses should be grateful for the efforts of all employees while employees should be grateful for their jobs. Certainly, this implies employers treat their employees fairly with respect, dignity, and a reasonable wage, yet, in most cases of employment, subordinates, coworkers, and managers need to recognize the efforts of each other. Showing gratitude can improve attitudes and help all employees work more effectively as a team. Beyond raises, bonuses, and gifts, showing gratitude in the workplace is something all employers, and employees, can do better.
Gratitude is best expressed through kindness and politeness. We have all seen a polite customer receive special attention from the clerk versus the grumpy, rude client who is simply pushed out the door. The same rules of interaction apply to coworkers, supervisors, and subordinates. Work can be quite unpleasant at times, yet everyone has to work while they should not have to put up with unpleasant coworkers. As such, a more pleasant and thoughtful attitude can go a long way in letting others know they are appreciated.
Beyond a constructive attitude, a pleasant work atmosphere can also be bolstered by openly praising subordinates and coworkers. While some may feel thanking someone for doing their job is redundant, a paycheck only addresses financial rewards, yet leaves human needs unrewarded. Telling someone they did a good job or made the day easier does a lot to address the human need to feel appreciated. People work hard when they feel appreciated, not because they are paid to do so.
Probably the most important way to show gratitude is by reciprocating the good deeds and efforts of others. Coworkers support each other and their supervisors. By freely supporting others, individuals demonstrate they are grateful for the support they receive. This is especially true when coworkers or subordinates are having a difficult time coping with extra work or personal issues. Working toward success as a team, versus individuals trying to get their jobs done, demonstrates the gratitude each employee feels for the efforts of others.
Gifts and celebration are ways of showing gratitude in the workplace and everybody appreciates getting something extra for their labors. On the other hand, as wonderful as these things are, the day to day efforts to show gratitude are what motivate employees, coworkers, and subordinates to do their best to support each other and success for the company. Showing gratitude helps satisfy the human needs of others. Consequently, demonstrating gratitude for the efforts of managers, coworkers, and subordinates helps make the work environment a better place.