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Identifying Gratitude is a Lot Harder Than You Think

There is a difference between expressing gratitude towards individuals by peers and by executives, both of which are vital to cultivate.

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“Your score is 57 out of 80, suggesting that your organization fosters a moderate amount of gratitude among its members.”

This is a fairly accurate summary of my workplace, although I would classify that the type of gratitude expressed by my peers was more tailored to my individual contributions than the gratitude expressed by the executives to its employees on a more general level. My day-to-day tasks were vital steps taken for the success of projects. I was trusted to approach assignments with a scrupulous level of detail. After my managers would explain my job, they would thank me before I went off on my own and again I came to check-in with my progress at various points throughout the project’s timeline. In general, I felt valued by my coworkers and I feel they genuinely appreciated my help on the project.

Executives were also successful in expressing their appreciation for employees, but more so through grand-scale displays. When the company successfully met a major financial and recognition goal, the managers threw a “champagne toast” to commemorate how each person’s contribution and devotion to work contributed to the company’s success. I did not have much of an interaction with the higher-level employees, but I could tell that they expressed their gratitude generously directly to the employees that worked directly under them. It was humbling to see how personal these displays of appreciation were, but the only thing that came to mind was, how are we showing gratitude to our higher-level executives? With my minimal interaction with them, I wonder (and absolutely hope) they feel recognized for the work they do for the company and for individuals.   


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