Why saying thank you is so important for building a great workplace

Susanna Kahr

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Whether it’s your fantastic family, your supportive friends, your hilarious dog or your great team at work, today is all about saying thank you and thinking about everything we’re grateful for. It’s the perfect time of year to tell your coworkers just how much you appreciate them, if you haven’t already. Here’s why you should make it Thanksgiving every day, well kinda… just without the turkey and pumpkin pie. 

Saying thank you strengthens work relationships

Think about the last time a colleague thanked you for something you did for them. It made you want to help them out again, right?! When someone says thank you, it makes us feel warmly towards them. When we feel appreciated, we’re much more likely to jump in to help the person who thanked us, which makes our workplaces much better for everyone. 

Expressing gratitude makes you happier

Did you know that saying thank you can actually make you feel happier too? So, if you want to make your workplace happier, start by making yourself feel more thankful at work. You can start by developing your own attitude of gratitude and actively reminding yourself of all of the things that you feel thankful for, every day. By just focusing on just three things a day, or starting a gratitude journal, you’ll start to feel happier and more joyful everyday, and we’re sure that this will rub off on your team too. So say thanks to the team on the front desk who let you in every morning, or say thanks to your colleague who joins you at the coffee machine every morning, see how good it makes you, and them feel! 

“I am thankful for the opportunity to grow and learn.” – anonymous employer review at Crown Bank

More gratitude = better performance

Did you know that one of the biggest factors resulting in great performance at work is recognition. In fact, according to a study by O.C. Tanner showed that 37% of employees reported that more personal recognition would encourage them to consistently deliver higher performance. When our management team thanks us for our work, it makes us feel seen and it makes us want to continue to do a good job. So, not only does gratitude make you and those around you happier, it also makes everyone perform better! Sounds like a win, win situation to us!

Gratitude increases job satisfaction

So, if we feel happier and expressing gratitude makes everyone around us feel happier, then that must have a big impact on our job satisfaction, right?! Well, according to this study, employees who work in companies that actively promote gratitude have greater job satisfaction and overall wellbeing. Just think about your own situation, if you’ve ever felt unhappy in your job it probably had a lot to do with the fact that you felt underappreciated and unhappy. 

“Working for the company has been a wonderful experience and the gratitude from them is wonderful as well the residents.” – anonymous employer review at Deaconesd

Gratitude is great for business

And, finally, if your boss is having a hard time understanding why gratitude is so important for your workplace, you can remind them that actually, gratitude is great for business! It’s as easy as this, employee recognition = higher motivation and higher motivation = more productivity! If your company doesn’t have an employee recognition program yet, then you should encourage your manager to think about implementing one, for all the reasons we’ve discussed here. 



Do you feel appreciated at work? What’s your employee recognition program like? Or does your employer not have one? We want to hear from you. Tell us what teamwork and recognition is like in your company in a review on kununu and help us spread the word about gratitude and happiness at work. All that’s left to say is Happy Thanksgiving!


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