The Importance of Gratitude
Here we are, beginning to wrap up the end of 2022. With Thanksgiving ahead, it is never too early to take stock of all we are grateful for and fortify a practice of gratitude.
Can gratitude in the workplace help in job/career satisfaction and employee engagement?
According to the American Psychological Association, researchers found that 93% of employees who reported feeling valued felt motivated to do their best work, and 88% felt engaged.
Waldron CPI is continually focused on the value of effective and productive employee engagement and the quality of the employee experience to an organization’s people objectives. One of the easiest and most impactful ways to show the people in your organization their value is by expressing sincere gratitude for their hard work. Recognizing employees for their contributions is a great way to boost their motivation and productivity.
Welcome to Waldron CPI’s 3rd annual gratitude challenge.
Throughout the next six weeks, we will share different ways to practice gratitude in the workplace. This week we are sharing the value of keeping a gratitude journal.
- Week 1: Gratitude Journal
- Week 2: Random Acts of Kindness
- Week 3: Reflect on Lessons Learned
- Week 4: National Day of Giving
Week 1 - Keep a Gratitude Journal
The Gratitude Journal Page
According to HuffPost’s article, “The Benefits of a Gratitude Journal and How to Maintain one,” by Lauren Jessen, “gratitude has proven ‘tangible benefits’ by writing a list of positive things down at the end of the day, lowered people’s stress-level and helped them relax at night.”
Below are a few journal prompts to help you identify the positive aspects of your work life, raise awareness for yourself and others, and lower the potential stress you may be experiencing. Below are a few to start you off.
Gratitude prompt 1: Write down three positive things that happened to you at work today and be detailed as possible. Remembering positive things that happened in the day, improves mood and increases motivation.
Gratitude Prompt 2: Describe the thing or situation you look forward to daily. Sharing what gives you joy - such as coffee with a co-worker or a collaboration meeting you enjoy participating in – anything that gives us joy and strength to move forward.
Gratitude Prompt 3: What is something you learned this week that you are thankful for? Seize the moment and learn something new.
Week 2 - Random Acts of Kindness
One rainy day – (could be any day in Washington state) I was waiting in the Starbucks drive-through line in deep thought about how many remaining coffees remained on my gift card. As I pull up to the window, a smiling barista handing over my coffee says, “the car in front of you just paid for your coffee. Would you like to pay it forward?” I said, “of course!”
World Random Acts of Kindness Day
Did you know that Sunday, November 13th marks World Random Acts of Kindness Day? Performing such acts of kindness and helping others benefits more than just the recipient. “Altruism, cooperation, trust, and compassion—are all necessary ingredients of a harmonious and well-functioning society,” says lead author Bryant P.H. Hui, Ph.D. of research published by the American Psychological Association. “It is part of the shared culture of humankind, and our analysis shows that it also contributes to mental and physical health.”
Random Acts of Kindness in the Workplace
Random acts of kindness at work are infectious! According to University of Wisconsin professor Richard Davidson’s research, both givers and receivers feel happier and more satisfied with their jobs. It clearly shows a ripple effect as people who received random acts of kindness paid it forward by giving 278% more acts of kindness themselves.
According to Fast Company’s blog, happy employees are 12% more productive. A wonderful way to boost morale is by implementing a random act of kindness (RAK) in the office. The website Random Acts of Kindness (yes, a dedicated website for RAKs) offers a variety of activities specifically in the workplace, such as the downloadable Tag! You’re It! cards have seen below.
Not sure what to do in the workplace? Try one of these and jot them down in your Gratitude Journal or share your ideas on our social media in the comments section.
- Leave a coffee or a soda on a co-worker’s desk
- Send a coffee via email to a co-worker
- Give a LinkedIn recommendation
- Tell your boss what you appreciate about them
- Kindness Award: Recognize a teammate for their kindness
Download the Random Act of Kindness Journal page.
Week 3 - Reflect on Lessons Learned
The best way to move forward is by looking back at what has already been accomplished and overcome. Taking time out of your busy schedule for self-reflection can help remind us that no matter how difficult some experiences may have been in the past, they are still an opportunity waiting with open arms - one we must seize!
If you want to go a little deeper in learning from mistakes and mishaps, try one of these resources:
- Lifehack: 40 Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes
- Psychology Today: How Do We Learn From Our Mistakes?
Thanksgiving is a time of reflection on all our blessings. We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend.
Download: Reflection on Lessons Learned journal page.
National Day of Giving (aka Giving Tuesday) is November 29th! On this day, Waldron CPI joins a global network of organizations reimagining a world built upon shared humanity and generosity. Every day, every act of generosity counts, and everyone has something to give. No matter how big or small—from making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger, showing up for an issue or someone, or giving something, we have to those who need our help. Today shines a light on making this an everyday occurrence.
The Waldron CPI team put our passion into action by giving time, money, and skills to issues facing our communities and the world. To support our employees’ passion for giving, Waldron CPI matches employee charitable giving to nonprofit organizations. Organizations contributed to this year by our team include:
- Barbara McDowell and Gerald Hartman Foundation: https://www.mcdowellfoundation.org/
- Food Lifeline: https://foodlifeline.org/
- FareStart: https://www.farestart.org/
- Planned Parenthood: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/
- Wa Na Wari: https://www.wanawari.org
- Brennen Center for Justice: https://www.brennancenter.org/
- Center for Whale Research: https://www.whaleresearch.com/research
- Business Ending Slavery & Trafficking (BEST): https://www.bestalliance.org/
- Cascade Public Media: https://www.cascadepublicmedia.org/
- National MS Society: https://www.nationalmssociety.org/
- West Seattle Food Bank - https://westseattlefoodbank.org/donate-food/
- Humane Borders: https://humaneborders.org/our-mission/
- Divinely Orchestrated: https://www.divinelyorchestratedusa.org/projects
- St Jude Hospital: https://www.stjude.org/
- Save the Children: https://www.savethechildren.org/
- Hearts Alive Village:
- Resilient Hearts Animal Sanctuary:
Additionally, Waldron CPI ownership provides an additional contribution to impact our community on behalf of the organization. This year our contribution went to B.E.S.T. (Business Ending Slavery & Trafficking) and Food Lifeline.
Remembering that giving is far more than just financial contribution, donating is another form of giving in which many people can take meaningful action. Consider how lucky you are for everything you have. Then go around your home, find the things that no longer suit you, and donate them to someone who can use them. Your gratefulness is expressed in kindness—which everyone needs.
Don't forget to share what you're doing out there with everyone else! Sharing makes a difference and can change someone's life for the better.
If you would like to learn more about the GivingTuesday movement to unleash the power of radical generosity around the world in everyday life, connect with them here: www.givingtuesday.org.