This is the season for gratitude. It is the time of year we think about all of the things for which we are thankful. They say it isn’t happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy. So applying gratitude to your professional life and your employees is critical.

Thanking your team is about more than motivating them on the job. It will make you a better boss and a happier person. So, while Thanksgiving is a catalyst, it is time to start being more grateful every day. Use this holiday season to show your team that you’re thankful for their loyalty with these easy ideas.

  1. Say the Words.
    Simply saying “thank you” can be a good way to start showing your employees that you’re thankful for their contribution. You and your management team should acknowledge when someone does good work or goes out of their way, but you should also encourage co-workers to treat each other with gratitude. Build an environment where appreciation is shown whenever it is deserved.
  2. Send a Thank-You Note.
    Throughout the year, not just around Thanksgiving, you should send employees personal notes to let them know how happy you are that they are part of your team. Hand write a note on an attractive card or stationary and mail it to their home. This will be a pleasant and welcomed surprise when the get home from a hard day at work.
  3. Pay It Forward.
    Gratitude isn’t only about thanking someone for the things they do that benefit you. Grateful people understand that true joy comes from passing thankfulness on to others. An office that practices gratitude will also be more helpful and more team-oriented on the whole. They will feel comfortable collaborating and sharing ideas. That spirit of Thanksgiving will be a part of the office culture all year round.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John F. Kennedy

Do you want to ensure that your staff is impacted by your gratitude? Contact Harvard Resource Solutions to learn how we can help.