Throughout November, we’ve been sharing tips and ideas for creating, nurturing and spreading a culture of gratitude throughout your organization. We wanted to share our belief in the power of positivity and a gracious attitude for empowering teams and furthering your own personal and professional development.
However, if you’re truly interested in cultivating such a culture for yourself or your own organization, you can’t only think about it once a year. While it’s natural to reflect on what we’re thankful for around the holidays, changing a work culture is a long, slow and consistent process.
Make it a Lifestyle, Not a To-Do List
While we’ve provided a lot of tactics for showing gratitude–writing thank you notes, recognizing your team’s accomplishments in meetings, sending gifts–you shouldn’t approach your culture of gratitude as the sum of a to-do list. These are tools to help create the environment you want, but ultimately a cultural shift comes from living the principles that these tools embody: being appreciative, positive and thankful.
If you approach gratitude as simply another box to check off during your workday, it’ll quickly become a chore, rather than a lifestyle.
It is normal, however, to need the occasional nudge when trying to undertake such a dramatic shift in your worklife. Have you ever seen a coworker’s desk covered in sticky notes or pictures with uplifting messages? There’s a reason for that; it’s about reminding yourself of the things and philosophies that are important when work starts getting you down.
If you find yourself struggling to truly live out the culture of gratitude day in and day out, write yourself a little reminder. Put a sticky note on your monitor, or even a reminder task in your email. You can even borrow one of our 25 Thank You Quotes if you like!
Keep it Fun
Finally, keep in mind that one of the most important parts of a culture of gratitude is positivity. Just like in our to-do list example, if being a gracious worker starts to feel like work, you may quickly lose interest. Use the opportunity to keep things fun and fresh. Share things that everyone can enjoy, like food (spoiler alert: everyone loves food), friendly no-work-talk lunches or just team meetings where everyone shares what they’re thankful for.
Make being gracious something you want to do, not something you have to do. Before long, it’ll be second nature, and you’ll wonder how you ever worked without it.
Miss any of our Culture of Gratitude content this month? Here’s a handy list!