I think Matthew McConaughey said it best in his recent Oscar acceptance speech: “It’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.” Award shows beg these types of statements, but our hectic day-to-day schedules often cause us to forget to say “thank you.”
Today’s cultural standard is to work harder, faster and longer. With the advancement of mobile technology, accessibility and a swift response time aren’t only expected, they’re often required. While companies might be reporting higher productivity rates, a recent Gallup poll shows that 65% of participants felt under-appreciated at work and disconnected from their co-workers.
It turns out that “thank you” goes a long way. Gratitude not only fuels the soul, it also contributes to a company’s bottom line by decreasing turnover (workers who feel appreciated are less likely to be actively searching for a job) and increasing productivity (happy workers are productive workers). Studies have also shown that people are more likely to repeat behavior that is rewarded and appreciated.
How LeanKit Says Thank you
LeanKit’s founders not only wanted to revolutionize the way work is managed, they also wanted to build a company that people would want to work for. To prioritize positive work relationships, we established core values such as gratitude and appreciation. One of the ways we implement those values is with DueProps, an employee recognition program that uses “genuine and spontaneous gratitude to spread appreciation and happiness.”
By consistently recognizing people when they go the extra mile or contribute skills and talents, we’re not only giving thanks, we’re establishing a culture of people who enjoy their jobs, feel valued by their peers and produce the highest quality product. Recognition also perpetuates the circle of gratitude. Receiving a DueProp compels you to pay it forward and acknowledge the collaborative efforts of your co-workers.
To amp up the fun factor, LeanKit throws in a little healthy competition with DueProps. At the beginning of each month, the top three point-getters for the previous month win a gift card.
I’m proud to be part of a company that values its employees and encourages everyone to recognize the accomplishments of others. Start paying it forward in your company and check out DueProps.
And to that I say, “alright, alright, alright.”