We each like to be gratified. Sometimes just a thank you for a job well done, a “pat on the back” to make us feel better… and make us more satisfied and productive.

In fact, it is not just the salary that is the reason why we put our professionalism on the line, but working in a serene and grateful environment can make a big difference.

The culture of gratitude in the company.

However, gratitude should not be an isolated initiative, but rather a widespread corporate culture.

Kind gestures and gratitude can be a good antidote to this situation.

Smart working has certainly contributed to alienating colleagues and breaking that united spirit of belonging that distinguishes a well-knit group. It will be up to the leader, therefore, to return to making everyone feel at ease in the company, but above all to make everyone feel important, recognizing the merits of each one, not only from an economic point of view.

Be grateful, but in an authentic way.

Expressing gratitude is a very powerful and effective action, but it must be done in an authentic way. It’s not enough to thank the employees because some coaches told us it works. We must do it with conviction and with the heart.

Gratitude is a feeling and, as such, it is perceived by the most instinctual part of our brain. If your thanks is perceived as affected, there is a risk that it will have the opposite effect, because it can be interpreted as a mockery.

Say thank you for building a firm with a solid foundation.

Businesses are not just budgets and equipment, they are made above all by the people who work there. A happy and serene work environment increases the pleasure of working there and everyone will be encouraged to do their best not to alter this pleasant balance.

For this reason, many companies have also adopted an ad hoc figure in their organization chart, the CHO, Chief Happiness Officer, who takes care of the psychophysical well-being of employees.

Now we are back in the company and being grateful, in person, is always much simpler and empathetic. But smart working could return at any moment. So let’s not forget that even remotely we can stay close to our employees and make them feel important. Even just with a phone call, an email, a thank you.