Though many of say ‘Thank You’ very often, sometimes out of habit, a deliberate note of gratitude can make wonders at work.
According to a new study out of the Booth Business School at the University of Chicago, researchers say that although most people find the practice of writing a thank-you to be awkward, the people who receive them are far more appreciative than the note-maker might ever have thought.
Sending Thank You notes costs next to nothing and as shown by this study can verifiably make the recipient’s day better. Enough gratitude, one could posit, could make the world of work a measurably better place.
Gratitude Builds A Great Work Culture
Nobody likes to be working where the contribution is neglected. If a colleague fills in for you in your absence, gratitude ensures that they feel acknowledged. Nobody will repeat a favour if there is no acknowledgement of their contribution. Prasad More, an HR Manager at SRV Media, suggests, “Whenever we receive Thank You notes from our clients, we feel motivated to work better. It somehow tells us that we are doing the right work. It builds a great work culture.”
It Build Positive Relationships At Work
A Thank You note can go a long way in creating positive relations, and curbing toxic behaviour at work. Once you start expressing gratitude, it leads to a positive environment and inter-relationship at work. Hardik Lashkari, a Tax Consultant, says, “A simple thank you from the boss in return for a beautiful presentation can boost up the confidence of the team members. Or a simple thank you from one colleague to another can colleague is enough to break the ice and get into an informal relationship.”
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It Is A Great Motivator
Researchers from the London School of Economics found that financial incentives can backfire when it comes to motivating employees. An analysis of 51 separate experiments found overwhelming evidence that incentives may reduce an employee’s natural inclination to complete a task and derive pleasure from doing so. Appreciation is a much better motivator.
So, the next time someone is nice to you at work, give a Thank You note to build a great work culture.