Gratitude does not have to be complicated. There are many ways to express it simply and effectively to your colleagues, clients and business partners.
A great motivator on the job
When you set aside time and budget to show appreciation to your team members, referral networks and collaborators for helping you achieve business success, it can be a greater motivator for them than money.
- Simple handwritten notes go a long way. Make expressions of gratitude genuine, specific and personal, and don’t wait for a formal event to say “thank you.” Demonstrate your appreciation all year long.
- Encourage everyone on your team to recognize another co-worker, in front of the group, when that individual has done an amazing job. It’s a great way to make sure everyone gets acknowledged for their contributions, and fosters an atmosphere of appreciation and teamwork.
- Provide tools for workplace flexibility and greater efficiency. Co-workers with the right tools feel valued and work harder.
81 percent of respondents to Glassdoor’s Employee Appreciation Survey said they’re motivated to work harder when their boss shows appreciation for their work.
Establishing a positive culture where everyone feels respected makes a big difference in increasing employee satisfaction and happiness.
Winning loyal clients
Whether or not you have the best product or service on the market, clients want to feel you appreciate their business.
- A smile and a thank you is all it takes to tell them, “Thank you, I value our partnership.”
- Simply listening to your clients and showing gratitude for the opportunity to support them will positively affect your bottom line. People spend money more freely where they feel appreciated.
The Harvard Business Review reports that generating new customers costs businesses five to 25 times the cost of retaining existing customers. On the other hand, increasing customer retention by just 5% can increase profits by 25% to 95%. It pays to show a little love!
Human connections form the framework for growth. Gratitude, expressed sincerely and frequently to your clients, builds trust, a critical element of productive and lasting relationships.
Moving your business forward
Given the economic twists and turns these days, putting our energy into gratitude versus trying to fix every unexpected event frees us to positively focus on what is working, what is going well.
- We can press pause any time during the day and take 30 seconds to inhale and exhale deeply, enabling us to release stress.
- While we breathe deeply, we can be mindful of how fortunate we are to be in a position where we have the power to lead and influence others in a positive way.
An attitude of gratitude helps us move in a direction which is purposefully productive, rather than being distracted by whatever is thrown in our path.
Celebrating the holidays
This holiday season, in spite of required physical distancing that prevents us from meeting face to face with co-workers, clients, friends and some family members, we can still celebrate with them and give thanks. Although we can’t meet in person, we can connect via video, email, text, phone, or from six feet across the yard. And generate a sense of togetherness and gratitude.
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