When thinking about gratitude in the workplace, it is imperative that we consider what the “modern” office looks like. Non-traditional offices structures are becoming more relevant as technology now allows us to collaborate with coworkers from anywhere in the world. It is not uncommon for full time employees, who work closely together on projects, to operate out of entirely different cities. This has been made increasingly possible with the surge in popularity of co-working spaces, which add a new element to the equation, as the workspace can now include multiple different organizations operating separately. Thus there are two new challenges to consider when thinking about the “modern” workspace:
- How is gratitude expressed meaningfully when coworkers are not in the same physical space?
- How can gratitude be shared between individuals who share the same workspace, but do not interact professionally with one another?