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Express Gratitude in Workplace

The way to express gratitude in China.

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I interned as a business analyst in Beijing, China in the last summer. People usually express their gratitude to their colleague by paying for their lunch. If it is a big favor, people will go out for dinner and buy drinks during the dinner to further express their gratitude. 

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

I think paying for other's meal is always a great way to express gratitude. People are also able to talk and know more about each other during the meal.

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I am a senior business student. My overseas experiences have certainly given me some insights about the subject.


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Hi Shuai,

Great to see you sharing your provocations around this topic and bringing your voice to the Gratitude Challenge Community!

From the insights shared in your post, we think it may be particularly interesting to for you to attend our Gratitude in the Workplace Webinar with University of Washington positive organizational leadership expert, Ryan Fehr tomorrow, Oct 13 @ 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. He’ll be discussing recommendations for designing Ideas for this topic.

You can register for the webinar here

We hope to see you there!

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Hi Shuai Ye !

Great to have you in the challenge, and diving into such an important topic.. Have you experienced workplaces where gratitude is a cultural value that is made a priority internally? Did you see paying for others' lunches fostered other acts of gratitude in your work setting?

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.