In honor of Thanksgiving this week, we’ve collected five ways to have more gratitude at work. We know it can be hard to have gratitude day in and day out, but the little extra intentionality in your workday can dramatically shift your day and your focus. While practicing gratitude, you’ll work harder and smarter and find your attitude to be just a little brighter on the extra hard days.
__ 1. Make a list and make it visible__
Keep a list next to your computer, on your clipboard or on your phone of a few things that you’re thankful for right now. Every week, write something different and switch up where you place it. Changing the list every week will actually force your brain to re-engage with it and be reminded of the little things in your life that you are thankful for.
2. Take a look around at your co-workers
Co-workers can be frustrating and hard to get along with, but don’t forget that they make your job possible. And don’t forget about your favorite friends at work either. Take time to thank them too, they make your days a whole lot brighter.
3. Write a note
And then take it one step further and write a note to one of your co-workers or friends and tell them how thankful you are for them. When we take the time to stop and write and reflect on why we are thankful, it can change our attitude around completely. Furthermore, little notes of encouragement can go along way in inspiring others towards thanksgiving.
4. Look for the good in every situation
A lot of things go wrong and right in any given day. In every situation, take a minute to look for the good. When mistakes are made we get to learn a lesson, when things go wrong we get to learn patience and compassion for ourselves and others. Don’t forget to be thankful in the hard situations, those moments shape who we are and ultimately make us better employees and co-workers.
5. Find the people who never get thanked
And lastly, seek out the people who rarely get a thank you. Whether it’s your parents or the person who cleans up after you at work, go and thank them. From the kitchen staff down stairs to the cleaners, make it a practice to regularly thank them for the work they do in your life. It humanizes your relationship with them and provides a place of trust and a spirit of gratitude in their heart and yours.
As the German composer, Robert Schumann, once said, “If we were all determined to play the first violin, we should never have an ensemble. Therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.” Don’t forget to be thankful for every co-worker’s proper place and how they each play a role in getting the job done.
We’re thankful for the candidates and the agents who make Relode an awesome place to work. Thankful that we get the opportunity to connect thousands of healthcare professionals to their dream jobs all across the United States. Working with such great people makes gratitude pretty easy.
One of the ways we try to have gratitude at Relode is by giving back to Mercy Ships. See how we're rewriting the healthcare narrative here.