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Employee Appreciation Day March 2, 2018

By now you’ve probably made plans for celebrating Employee Appreciation Day.  Why not also use this day and take an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) approach to better understand what your employees consider meaningful appreciation? Often, in our organization assessment work, we find disparities between what leaders consider meaningful appreciation and what employees consider meaningful. That’s not to say throw everything out and start all over. The inquiry alone will be greatly appreciated!


Consider this –

“Recognition is the most powerful currency leaders have, and it costs nothing.” – James Kouzes and Barry Posner, The Leadership Challenge


And, a study by Globoforce found 40% of surveyed employees were not recognized at all over the past year.


Current research on gratitude, its influence on employee engagement, appreciation, and recognition continues to be studied, as well as the findings on related personal health and well-being benefits. We’ve gathered a few recent articles that capture some of the latest research on the organizational, personal and social benefits of practicing gratitude.


How to Cultivate Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride in Your Team

This recent Harvard Business Review article, posits cultivating grit alone doesn’t help teams work harder and persevere through the challenges. Author, David DeSteno refers to cultivating three specific emotions of gratitude, compassion, and pride. Results from Google’s Project Oxygen also shows qualities such as these outrank sheer drive and technical expertise when it came to predicting team success. More good news, as we build on these three emotions, we also build grit. Click here to read more

Can Gratitude Help You Recover From a Heart Attack?

A February 2018 article in The Washington Post, captures exciting research from a study at Massachusetts General Hospital – Gratitude Research in Acute Coronary Events (GRACE) Dr. Jeff Huffman, examines the biological and positive psychological well-being benefits of gratitude. People who reported feeling more (specific) gratitude had taken their medicine more reliably and maintained a healthier diet.  To read more click here Can Gratitude Help You Recover From a Heart Attack?


How to Raise More Grateful Children

According to a study by the John Templeton Foundation, 18 – 24-year-olds are the least likely of any age group to express gratitude. The good news is it can be taught and can be cultivated at any age. Current research also indicates how gratitude can improve prosocial behaviors and decrease negative social behaviors in adolescents. To read this Wall Street Journal Article, click  here



Gratitude Can Boost Your Health: 5 Ways to Develop It

Dr. Mark Hyman at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine offers 5 ways to develop gratitude.  If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed (who isn’t these days) click here






The Neuroscience of Gratitude

As published in the Wharton Healthcare Quarterly –  growing research on the health and wellness benefits of gratitude and collective studies on the correlates of gratitude and neuroscience, show a positive impact on organizational wellness. Knowing what our brain looks like on gratitude is helping to improve employee engagement and lessen undesirable employee behaviors. To read this article click here The Neuroscience of Gratitude



Would your organization benefit from learning more about gratitude and the broader role of positive emotions? Email lburton@drwcoaching.com  or call 410-707-3118

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With gratitude!

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