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Appreciation as a gift

Showing appreciation at workplace is a form of gesture for gratitude.

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Studies prove that showing appreciation to someone has tremendous social, emotional, and physical health benefits — not only for the recipient, but also for the person who displays gratitude.

Yet for some reason, we don’t practice it enough. We fall into the trap of taking people who we work together for granted. 

It’s time to step up your gratitude game for the people in your life that give like there’s no tomorrow. Here are some unique ways you can better show your gratitude at the workplace.

1. Say, “I’m listening,” and Give Them Your Undivided Attention

2. Appreciate Them the Way They Like It

You can show your appreciation in many ways. Get to know the person. Find out how they like to be appreciated:

  • in person
  • via a handwritten gratitude note
  • over social media or publicly so everyone can see
  • spending time with you
  • a gift
  • mix it up with a combination of the items listed with words and a gesture

3. Get Creative When Expressing Thanks

Piggy-backing on the above point, instead of just a “thank you,” find other ways to express it. This way it doesn’t lose the well-intended meaning after awhile.

You can say it in different ways:

  • “I feel so taken care of when you…”
  • “I love it when you…”,
  • “I really appreciate it when you…”

4. Complement Actions

It is very easy for people who give selflessly to forget their boundaries. If they are always there for you when you need them, be there for them when they need you.

5. Switch Up the Routine

Within your workplace relationships, you have established roles. 

Why not surprise your colleague and take on one of their tasks as a form of appreciation? 

6. Put Your Ego Aside and Learn About Yourself

It takes two to make a relationship work. Sometimes we run into differences and disagreements. In times like these, we need to:

  • look within to see how we are contributing to the clash
  • what can you do to improve the situation?
  • what can you do to be open-minded, but not defensive?
  • learn about yourself and see from the other person’s perspective

Help the person you appreciate understand where you are coming from, and work together to enhance your relationship.

7. Express Thanks When Least Expected

Saying it is a given, but when you take the time to give a sincere heartfelt “thank you,” reflecting and referencing something specific they did to make your life easier, you will make them feel extra special.

Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

Language of appreciation.

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Hi Teo John ,

Great to have you in the challenge, and diving into such an important topic. Thank you for sharing this medium content. Have you experienced workplaces where gratitude is a cultural value that is made a priority internally? Have you worked with any individuals who have fostered a culture of gratitude in the workplace?

Also, is there any chance you could find an image to go along with your post? Images help grab attention and tell a story. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there.

Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.