We all know about gratitude, but how many of us can say that we actively practice it in the workplace? Gratitude has been repeatedly proven to have benefits not only in one’s personal life, but also in the workplace when implemented as a part of company culture. Here are the top five reasons you should practice gratitude in the workplace today.

1) Stronger Sense of Community

Gratitude has been proven to promote social skills. So it’s no wonder why employees who are in grateful environments are more satisfied during team projects. Additionally, they are more likely to go above and beyond when helping others.

2) Better Health

Did you know that employees from gratitude-cultured workplaces tend to take fewer sick days? This may be because regularly practicing gratitude has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, create happiness, and even help people sleep better

3) Extra Motivation

Everyone likes to be appreciated. In fact, Glassdoor reports that 81% of employees are motivated to work harder when they feel they are appreciated. Additionally, employees have been shown to be more productive when in a grateful environment.

4) Higher Job Satisfaction

Surveys show that grateful employees consistently have higher rates of job satisfaction, and tend to focus less on things that annoy them about their job. Additionally, grateful employees predict they will be more satisfied with their jobs in six months’ time.

5) A Greater Global Connection

Global connection might not be the first thing that you think of when you think of gratitude, but they are linked. Employees who participate in gratitude culture are more likely to give back to the community, in addition to being more empathetic and in tune to world events.

Overall, gratitude in the workplace is a win-win for employees and companies. Employees receive higher job satisfaction, health benefits, and improved teamwork while companies see less turnover, improved communication between departments, and greater productivity.

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