Yes, it might seem silly that this IDEO challenge idea is about thinking about gratitude about inside the workplace but also outside the workplace has a huge impact with people's performance and satisfaction. Gratitude outside the workplace gives some people motivation to finish the day strong and to overlook the possible uninterested work environment. By strengthening opportunities during leisure time, workers could experience better gratitude and appreciation for work. Some ideas include a midday walk in the park, coffee and chat time, visiting therapy dogs, or office games.
At my work place two months ago, I saw lots of gratitude and support around the lab. On Friday afternoons lab members in the collaborative lab space come together to discuss weekend plans and research stories (from the past and present) with drinks and snacks. Seeing how satisfied with full-time graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and research scientists made me realize an hour of socializing after a long work week of running biochemical assays and bacterial culturing maintains everyones sanity, even if an experiment doesn't go as planned a multiple times!