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Promoting gratitude in the workplace can be a bit of a challenge. It is hard to remember to practice gratitude – especially during a rough day at home and on campus especially while we are in lockdown.
Feeling valued and appreciated is a fundamental human need of all people. Practicing gratitude in the workplace brings about many positive effects. Research has proved that the display and practice of gratitude can impact a person’s physical and mental wellbeing, as well as their work performance. Practicing gratitude releases dopamine in the brain, which in turn boosts feelings of wellbeing, increases optimism, and improves physical health.
Feeling and expressing gratitude promotes a positive and happy mood and can have significant positive effects on the physical and mental health of staff and students.
WHS & Wellbeing has developed this guide to support you build a gratitude rich culture and boost the health and wellbeing of our staff and students.
- Promote better sleep
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve one’s sense of mindfulness
- Increase energy
- Improve one’s mood and feelings of happiness
- Decrease stress levels.
- Improve productivity
- Increase loyalty
- Increase satisfaction and enthusiasm
GRATITUDE IN THE WORKPLACE
Although promoting gratitude in the workplace can be a bit of a challenge, the benefits are completely worth the effort. Here are a few ways to lead by example and cultivate gratitude within your teams:
Look for opportunities to celebrate success #Gratitude
Support peer-to-peer recognition
Get staff involved in community service projects
Reinforce random acts of kindness at work.
Encourage mindful behaviours
Get involved. Join Us.
GRATITUDE WEEK 2021
During Gratitude week, the WHS & Wellbeing team will be posting daily on Yammer. Each day will focus on a theme outlined below.
|Day One||Ways to show Gratitude in the Workplace|
|Day Two||Physical Gratitude and Available Support|
|Day Four||Gratitude for the whole Family|
|Day Five||Gratitude Wrap Up|
Please get involved and share some positivity during these difficult times and encourage your colleague to do so as well. You can get involved by:
- Nominating colleagues or students via this form to celebrate their success
- Post a shout out on Yammer
- Comment on any of WHS & Wellbeing’s Yammer post and share your own stories. Don’t forget to use #gratitude
- Schedule some time each day for some self-care
The following Gratitude images are available for you to download and use during zoom sessions or to do what you wish.