As a young employee starting work at a large organization, like most other workplaces, I went through an orientation program that told me about the company culture and resources available to me. A lot of what I picked up during this program helped shape the way I approached my job and relationships with people.
Is there a way we could introduce a culture of gratitude early in an employee's life journey?
Here's what this could look like.
At the new employee orientation session, each employee could be asked to write down 5 things that they are grateful for, using an audience interaction app like sli.do. When each item is posted by an employee, the entire class would be able to view the things that everyone is grateful for, and connect with each other over common themes.
To take this idea one step further, facilitators could inform employees about some of the gratitude practices within the organization, and invite individuals who have championed these practices as gratitude champions within the company as a way to celebrate their efforts and inspire new members of the organization.
As employees continue on their journey within the organization, their "gratitude index" could be tracked using their participation in already established gratitude practices. Moreover, employees in larger organizations who participate in rotational program as part of a cohort could benefit from using gratitude as a means of bringing their class or cohort together, and in turn increase awareness about gratitude as they rotate through different spaces within an organization.
To take this one more step further, could "gratitude" be established as a pillar that the corporation stands upon? Could managers use the "gratitude index" mentioned above as a metric of performance?