Encourage Gratitude on Your Team

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When employees feel valued, they are more satisfied, willing to work longer, and motivated to do their best. As a manager, it’s your job to make them feel appreciated. In addition to saying “thank you,” you can foster gratitude by:

  • Developing them. People want to grow. If promotion opportunities are limited you can invest in professional development through training, assigning team members to new and interesting projects, and exposing them to different parts of the company.
  • Involving them. Give employees the opportunity to play key roles in decision making and problem solving so they know their skills benefit the organization.
  • Supporting collegiality. Encourage camaraderie, help to eliminate toxic and dysfunctional team behaviors, and create opportunities for team members to interact with each other outside work.

Adapted from “Foster a Culture of Gratitude,” by Christine M. Riordan.

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We all want to feel appreciated. It’s an innate desire to know that what we do affects others in a positive way.“If you are a leader, you can infuse gratitude from the top down, perhaps by making it a required standard of behavior for employees”. “And if you are an employee, you can start your own grassroots gratitude movement by expressing gratitude yourself and encouraging your co-workers to do so as well. Everyone – can show gratitude in a workplace and influence others to do so.” Great post!


In most cases when u appreciate your employee they take it in a sense of favoritism rather than what it actually is and their attitude towards work & their boss changes in a negative prospect.