• Megan Kingsbury

November is the time to give thanks

November is the time we all pause and give thanks, even when times are as chaotic and unpredictable as these have proven to be. November is the month when gratitude creeps into our thoughts as we contemplate the holiday dedicated to the idea. Holidays are a part of workplace culture as employers navigate the decisions of time off versus working through and what we have to lose or gain from how we utilize our employees’ time and talents.

These work-day decisions bring into focus what we strive to provide in a healthy work environment - a daily sense of gratitude for the work and for one another. This idea extends to clients as well as business associates. The idea requires constant cultivation.

November is a wonderful time to review and perhaps renew our Gratitude Practice in the workplace.

According to wellness and health:

Gratitude is a key factor for living a life filled with positivity. Practicing gratitude in the workplace brings about many positive effects. Feeling valued and appreciated is a fundamental human need of employees. Appreciated employees tend to be more loyal, productive, and satisfied in their roles.

Some of the proven work-related benefits of gratitude include:

  • Increased productivity

  • Improved work relationships

  • More enthusiasm

In addition to the benefits gratitude has on work performance, research has shown that gratitude also has a positive impact on health and wellbeing. Some of the physical and mental health benefits of employees who feel and express gratitude include:

  • Better sleep habits

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Mindful behaviors

  • More energy

  • Less stress

  • Better moods and increased feelings of happiness

As we near the end of 2020, let us assess where we are, what we are thankful for, and how we keep gratitude in the forefront of our company culture in the fast approaching New Year and beyond.

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