As it is true that some individuals may not realize the importance of expressing gratitude, and consequently, some others may feel as though they are unappreciated, taking a step back to view things from the perspective of others can help see potential challenges. These challenges may underlie the issues that may seem more evident, and therefore people may have a hard time uncovering them unless taking the time to do so. Although I believe that many people notice the hard work of others and on the other hand, many can tell when individuals from their workplace appreciate their contributions to the team, I feel that this is a matter that can be developed even further. That way, we can ensure that gratitude is explicitly being expressed rather than risking it going unnoticed. Using the positive influence of the experiences I've had in my own workplace, I've come up with a proposal that I believe can help individuals both express their appreciation and also, sense the appreciation in the environment.
Personally, I have more often than not felt the gratitude that is shown toward me, while feeling the gratitude others express to each other as well. Additionally, I try to show my appreciation for the efforts I see around me in a way that I feel is best possible. While I may realize the gratitude present in my own workplace and believe that most of the others I work with do too, there may be people who either don't feel the appreciation toward them, or overlook it not only in my workplace, but the workplace of other individuals as well. Gratitude is a concept crucial to the mood, well-being, happiness, and progress of many in a variety of areas, including the workplace, which is why I feel it is absolutely necessary to continue to evaluate and improve its influence.
Aside from the weekly meetings that some may have to access the progress being made, I feel that having such a day that we can call "Reflection Day" would help individuals directly express their appreciation toward each one of the people in at least their immediate workplace. More importantly, this can help make sure that individuals realize that others around them are grateful for the hard work they do to contribute to the team goals. I envision "Reflection Day" as a set day, every other week, put aside for a sole purpose. That is, to allow the people in the workplace to sit side by side and briefly, in the presence of all, tell each individual in their team the efforts that they've noticed from them and how that may have served as encouragement. Although criticism is necessary at times, I feel that "Reflection Day" would be most effective in terms of the goal that I am intending to accomplish if only positive comments were made. Therefore, criticism is not part of my proposal.
I believe that having such a day can help inspire others to efficiently express the gratitude they'd like to express, because part of the problem may be that people have a hard time knowing how to show their gratitude. Such a day may provide a comfortable space for those who have faced the challenge of expressing gratitude as they wish, as the practice of gratitude is being brought up front. Also, I think that by explicitly showing appreciation toward one another in front of everyone, the individuals on the receiving end will feel even more appreciated than they would have if it had only been in a one on one manner, or even simply appreciated if they hadn't felt so initially. This can impact people on both the giving and receiving end in ways that they may not have expected before. Furthermore, such explicit appreciation can assist those around in realizing the efforts of others if they already had not, or enhance those realizations, by promoting the importance of gratitude. "Reflection Day" can possibly bring together the work team in a different way and therefore possibly enhance the unity.