When was the last time you genuinely thanked an employee for their work?
I’m not talking about one of those obligatory niceties (“Thanks for sending that email!”). Rather, when was the last time you took a moment out of your day to pause, observe your employees, recognize that they are doing really great work, and then personally express your gratitude?
An article by Fast Company suggests that all of us suffer from “gratitude deficit disorder.”
“We are hungry for genuine appreciation and thanks,” the article states. “We want to know that we matter, that our efforts are making the world a better place.”
Unfortunately, many people are not getting that reassurance. In one poll, nearly half of those surveyed reported that they never feel appreciated at work.
Do your employees feel appreciated? What about your clients? And how much does gratitude really matter?