We know that employee experience is all about how it feels to work somewhere — it’s every interaction that you have with your company and coworkers every day. With November 1 marking the start of Gratitude Month, it’s the perfect time to practice gratitude at work and show employees you care.
Why gratitude matters
Gratitude can be defined as, the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. And expressing gratitude has been proven to benefit the workplace. In fact, “four in five (81%) employees report they are motivated to work harder when their boss shows appreciation for their work.”
When employees feel cared for:
- 60% plan to stay at their company for three or more years (as opposed to only 7% of those who don’t feel cared for)
- 95% say they feel included in their organization (compared to 14% of those who don’t feel cared for)
- 91% say they’re likely to recommend their organization as a great place to work (compared to 9% of those who don’t feel cared for)
Gratitude is a powerful way to show your employees that you not only appreciate their hard work and recognize their accomplishments, but you also care about them as a person.
How to embrace gratitude in your workplace
At Limeade, we dedicate the month of November to spend a little extra time showing our employees we care — with action.
Whether it’s surprising an employee with their favorite snack, or a simple handwritten note of support and appreciation on a Post-it — when it comes to employee gratitude, a little goes a long way. The key is to make it personal and meaningful. Listening, acting, acknowledging, showing gratitude and fostering growth is how to operationalize care as a company.
This month, Limeade is celebrating gratitude with thank you notes from the leadership team, special activities in our own program, a gratitude potluck, an internal gratitude giving campaign through our Limeade Cares Foundation and more.
Looking for more ideas on how to show appreciation for your employees? Check out our employee appreciation tip sheet, here.