Communicating gratitude at work

This book on gratitude in the workplace couldn’t be timelier.

The pandemic has created so many challenges for business owners and employees. Work can be challenging, even at the best of times. When you layer on health and safety concerns, serious financial risks and not being able to meet with colleagues face-to-face, work can become a full-time struggle, and workplace culture can suffer as a result.

It can be difficult to connect with our team members on a more personal, human level when we communicate exclusively by text or Zoom. Physical distance can create distance in our professional relationships. Patience may run out more quickly when dealing with all of the additional stress and anxiety caused by COVID-19.

It is important to remind ourselves that we are all in this together. Empathy and clear communication are critical – particularly in the absence of in-person meetings and conversations. And in this period of great upheaval and uncertainty, gratitude can go a long way.

Gratitude Communication At Work by the late Dr. Ross Brinkert – a gifted educator and the son of a friend – is the reminder that prompted this post.

The book is based on 100 in-depth interviews, which show how communicating gratitude can make us feel better about our professional relationships and ourselves. While gratitude communication can be a by-product of a healthy organizational culture, the book demonstrates how communicating with gratitude can actually help create that positive culture and workplace experience.

The book was released in December and is a wonderful starting point for those looking to improve how they communicate at work and contribute to their workplace culture. For business and team leaders, this is an invaluable resource for better understanding organizational culture and communication.

You can learn more about the book here.