How can gratitude help remote work?

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A study on gratitude found that only 10% of people say thank you at work.

Gratitude at work can inject motivation in a remote worker. When someone says than you, it strengthens connections and engagement in teams. It can be a great antidote to shift from pessimism to optimism in a challenging meeting.

In stressful times, gratitude can help as a work stress buster. Grateful people are less like to suffer from work burnout. Consider showing gratitude as a strategy for self-care and spending positivity at work.

It’s easy to start and make it a habit.

Before you start your video conferencing meeting, ask participants:

What is one thing that you are grateful for today?

During the meeting, take time to say thank you to every person when they finish their report or update.

If a challenge arose that was uncomfortable to manage for a remote worker. Recognize how the team is there to support that person.

End the meeting appreciating and thanking contributors: highlight anybody that made efforts to support others in the remote team.

Final grateful touch:
Say thank you again to all attendees out loud but in a fun way. Find a hard to pronounce that translates to thank you in a foreign language. Close the meeting with it. Ask everyone to repeat it and practice with a smile.

If a remote worker made an extraordinary effort, take time to show your gratitude. Send them a thank you email and acknowledge your appreciation for their action s and positive impact on the team and the company.

One quote

“Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.”

H. Jackson Brown

One question

How much appreciation do you show to people at work?

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