336 - The Power of Gratitude at Work
Episode Title: The Power of Gratitude at Work
Gratitude is always appreciated in the workplace, but a new study indicates it could be far more than a nice-to-have. Stay tuned for more, next on The Perna Syndicate.
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Hello and welcome to a new week on The Perna Syndicate! I’m your host, Mark Perna. For those of us listening in the U.S., the Thanksgiving holiday is happening this week. And it’s reminding all of us to practice being grateful.
Yes, we’re living in stressful times—especially at work. The Great Resignation, in which millions of workers are quitting their jobs in search of something new, is in full swing. Microsoft and Gallup report that 41% of the global workforce, and nearly 50% of employees in the U.S., are actively looking for a new job.
Yet, according to new research from the firm Workhuman, there is one simple way that employers can start engaging and keeping talent at their organization. And that is simply saying “thank you.”
The study found that workers who are thanked and recognized for their work are half as likely to be looking for a new job. Thanked employees are twice as likely to be highly engaged at work. Employees who feel recognized are three times as likely to think their work has meaning and purpose. And finally, employees who feel recognized also report being happier at work.
These are significant numbers, and I think they demonstrate the often-overlooked power of gratitude. It’s not just a virtue to practice in our own lives; expressing gratitude should be a part of our everyday routine at work. It will have a positive impact on those around us. And that’s certainly something to be thankful for!
This week, we’ll look what gratitude really is, how to express it effectively, how not to thank people, and more. On that note, THANKS for listening today and we’ll see you back here tomorrow on The Perna Syndicate!