15: Gratitude and Praise Will Change Your Work Life

Let’s face it, feeling good and getting acknowledged feels good. When someone notices that you worked hard, did something amazing, pushed through a barrier or overcome a challenge, it makes you feel motivated to do more. Unfortunately, the vast majority of workers report that they have not received positive feedback about their work performance in the last year! Join us as we explore how to change this phenomenon while using praise and gratitude to create ease and joy at work.

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In this episode of Crina and Kirsten Get to Work, Crina and Kirsten talk about how critical it is to have gratitude and praise in the workplace. In fact, most workers site praise and meaning as one of the most important elements of job satisfaction.  Let’s face it, feeling good and getting acknowledged feels good.  When someone notices that you worked hard, did something amazing, pushed through a barrier or overcome a challenge, it makes us feel motivated to do more.  

Unfortunately, the vast majority of workers report that they have not received positive feedback about their work performance. Say it ain’t so!! If this is your work culture, there are things you can do to change it for yourself, your coworkers and your organizational culture. Gratitude is not only good for the receiver, but also for the giver.

If you want to start giving praise and sharing gratitude there are a few keys to be successful.  Be sure that you are giving praise in a way that works for the listener.  Some people like to hear feedback in public, some people prefer private praise, some of us like to see positive comments in writing and others value a gift or a pat on the back.  Positive comments are also more meaningful if they are specific and timely.

It’s also important to know yourself and know how you like to receive feedback.  If you’re like Crina, you might even try asking your employer for what you want. 

In addition to seeking external gratification, Crina and Kirsten remind listeners to own their power and accomplishments. Remember that you are awesome!

Listen in – you’ll be grateful!

LINKS

Why Appreciation Matters So Much

The Psychological Effects of Workplace Appreciation and Gratitude

14 Health benefits of Practicing Gratitude According to Science

Power Your Tribe Book

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