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Gratitude - A vital ingredients to Happiness recipe

Gratitude is something that comes from within, from culture.

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We organize an event on "Empathize for Workplace Gratitude" for the research phase of this challenge in two parts at Ahmedabad, India. As a results of this workshop various important insights, we gather from our participants and their research through interviews, quiz, stories are as below:

For invoking gratitude, organizations need to provide the culture and environment that would inspire people to express it, when they feel grateful to others. It should be rooted in the vision of the company to make their employees happy and act as a family. Gratitude only be expressed when someone done the work beyond their routine work when someone putting extra efforts or going out of the way to complete the work. At the same time, boss needs to identify such people who put extra efforts as he/she cannot take their work as granted every time. People would only feel grateful when someone did something without expectations, unconditional.

I am assistant professor at one of the largest state university in India. Our Vice Chancellor who recently joined the university in January, 2017 made a practice of celebrating the birthday of an employee of university by gifting him/her a book. He calls the employee to his office and wish him/her and gift the book. Also he makes sure that the book is in interest of the employee. By this small virtue of gifting, everyone feels great as this make their birthday special as receiving gift from Vice Chancellor of the university.

Success and happiness require lots of efforts by team, but gratitude becomes jewel in the crown when expressed by teammates or boss.

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

Having spent the major time of the day at workplace, people seek the balance between professional, personal and social life. If their work would not be recognized and appreciated by boss or colleague then they will be demotivated and which in turn harm the image and productivity of organizations. In such conditions, people just pass their time at work unproductively. So this challenge provokes the global community to find the honest way to express and experience the gratitude at workplace.

Tell us about yourself

A Design Thinker at mindset and an Entrepreneur at heart, right now leading the efforts of Design Thinking and Innovation at Gujarat Technological University (GTU), Ahmedabad since 2014. I have created the Design Spine from 3rd to 6th semester across engineering at bachelor level.


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HI Karmjitsinh Bihola ,

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 Karjitsinh,
Yes, I agree that buying a colleague a gift makes them feel valued and therefore they will appreciate their work environment more. However, I disagree with your statement about Gratitude can only be expressed when someone has put in extra efforts to complete the work. I believe you can still be grateful for your employees/colleagues even when they have only done their day-to-day tasks, that's if they have done it the best way they can. It is as valuable to have someone who can do their job well, as someone who will go above and beyond their responsibilities. When employees feel their job has been valued, they will automatically get inspired to deliver more than expected. As you said, bosses need to become more aware and acknowledge their employees' achievements to boost productivity.

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Hello Ana,
Thank you for going through my post and giving your valuable feedback.
By saying, Gratitude can only be expressed when someone has put in extra efforts to complete the work - I meant to explain the difference between being Grateful and being Thankful. We always can thank a colleague/employee when they did their work well, but we should be grateful when they have put extra efforts to complete the task.
However, lets discuss and invite some more feedback on this topic .

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Thanks for clarifying Karmjitsinh, however I still think you can be grateful for someone's work even if they haven't put extra efforts in to complete their tasks. Let's see what other's have to say...

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Agreed..........Lets see in the Ideation phase, what different kinds of ideas we would be getting for this challenge for honest Gratitude practices.

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Karmjitsinh Bihola ,

Congratulations on being today's Featured Contribution!

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Thank you very much.