From William Arthur Ward’s “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it” to Aesop’s “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls,” it’s no secret that gratitude is a good thing: It feels good to get it, but it also feels good to give it. And, on top of that, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, “Research suggests that employees who feel appreciated are more productive and loyal.” But, that same article says not to hold your breath…people in the workplace apparently are not feeling the love.
But, it’s easy, it’s simple and it goes a long way. Say Thank You. Someone helps you at work? Say thank You. After a client meeting? Say thank you. Someone endorses you on LinkedIn. Say Thank You.
I recently posted an update on Linked In, about a new Strategic Partnership with Executive Diversity Services, that will now allow my Chicago-based company to offer global diversity and inclusion training. 30+ people jotted a note to say “congratulations.” Well, that was nice, so I wrote back…Thanks so much, I appreciate it, hope things are will with you, too. And, from that simple expression of gratitude, came wonderful updates and invitations to connect more deeply.
Granted, insincere flattery or gratitude will always fall-flat, but the simple gesture of responding, of expressing sincere gratitude let’s another feel valued and appreciated, and can also let you know you are not alone, there is kindness in the world.
What was a time when you felt appreciated? How was it expressed?