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High Stress=Less Gratitude?

How do different work environments affect the amount that people are thankful to each other?

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Something that I often wonder about is how faster paces of life affect workplace environments. For example, how would working in a highly competitive business in NYC compare to working in a less competitive industry in a less stressed out city? I would imagine that jobs that are business oriented, trying to sell things, trying to get clients, are likely more stressful to work. As a result of being more stressful, workers would become more hostile and less thankful to each other. 

A specific example of this my brother who works in a finance job in NYC. There are many other companies competing and in order to be successful one must work incredibly hard and have a large output. Bosses at his specific job don’t tend to be that thankful when somebody completes something because it is expected of them. However, when somebody doesn’t complete something they can expect negative consequences. In addition, once they complete one thing, they are expected to immediately move into working on another project; there’s no time for people to stop and be grateful for each other’s work. Although my brother seems content with his job, the turnover rate of people working is quite high. 

I think it’s probably natural for fast paced, high stress job to have less focus on gratitude because there’s too much to think about. However, I wonder whether or not taking time to encourage, thank, and appreciate others would completely change the lifestyle and happiness of people working there. 

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HI Justine Pollack ,

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!