How to Exude Gratitude at the Office
One of the things that makes an employee valuable is their attitude at work. How does he or she show up every day? Is she happy, interested, enthusiastic? Is he engaged, curious, thoughtful?
Most of all, are they grateful?
People who feel grateful for their position at work are more likely to get promoted, be perceived as competent and successful, and generally feel more satisfied with their work.
All that said, if you’re not feeling grateful, how can you round the bend and fill yourself with the emotion of gratitude? Let’s take a look at that more in-depth.
Be Grateful You Have a Job
I recently read an article written by a man who had been working in the same position for 25+ years. Naturally, he felt very secure in his position – until one day, the rug was pulled out from under him and he was let go.
This man was dumbfounded. He didn’t understand that these days, it’s not enough to come in on time, maybe stay a little late a couple days a week, and get your work done.
That’s not enough anymore.
Today’s market is so competitive and fast-moving that companies are constantly asking themselves, “How does so-and-so bring value to the company? What can he or she do that no one else brings to the table?” Gone are the days when simply filling up a cubicle 40 hours a week was enough; you’ve got to stand out and go above and beyond every single day.
Yes, it’s intense – but if you’re lucky enough to hold one of these positions, you’re darn fortunate! Keep that in mind every day when you go to work, and you’ll exude gratitude.
Gratitude Creates Solutions
We’re all familiar with the person at work who generates more problems. Usually, that person thinks that he or she is helping, when actually, by the time they’re finished talking everyone at the meeting is dealing with three new problems that hadn’t existed before.
Being the solution is much easier when you’re in a space of gratitude! When you come from a place of gratitude, you’re more apt to think about good things, positive outcomes, and potential opportunity. Gratitude puts you in a positive mindset that can clearly make decisions quickly.
An indirect advantage of feeling gratitude is that when people are grateful, they draw more good, supportive people into their space (as opposed to being a Negative Nancy who draws in all the complainers and gossips).
When you have a strong team, you’ll find your solutions more quickly because they’re helping you move forward strategically!
Gratitude 365 Days a Year
We’re called to feel gratitude during the month of November, but it really should be a year-long practice. Each of us, truly, has so much to be grateful for that there’s never a shortage of blessings to count.
If you’d like help pinpointing some things to be grateful for, download my complimentary “Gratitude Fill-in-the-Blank” for a little fun gratitude work.
Let’s dive deeper into gratitude together and watch as truly incredible things start to happen for you at work. Click to set up a complimentary consultation with me.