When was the last time you heard someone use the words “thank you” or “I am grateful you did that for me?” Perhaps the better question is when did you last say those words?
Gratitude is an essential part of being successful, whether at work or at home. Without being grateful, you won’t make it very far. You could have all the opportunities and money in the world but without gratitude, it won’t do you any good. You have to be grateful to go anywhere in life.
When you are genuinely grateful, you can’t just keep it to yourself. To really help your business thrive, you have to show that you are grateful. You can do that by saying “thank you” or with other words but that’s not the only possibility. You can also show your gratitude with gifts or other similar gestures.
Consider a business example.
A customer has just purchased something from you and to show that you are grateful for their business, you offer them a discount on the next purchase, an entry into a prize drawing, or a chance to be part of your rewards program.
This is just one example of how gratitude can help your business thrive but there are many more.
Living a grateful life has physical and emotional health benefits. Those who are consistently grateful tend to lead happier and healthier lives. While there is no doubt that health levels affect your business, we want to focus on some other ways that gratitude plays into your business success.
It should come as no surprise that when gratitude enters a relationship, that relationship is automatically improved. The same goes for business relationships; that includes clients, suppliers, partners, investors, and anyone else that you interact with. If you show gratitude to those that you work with, they will be that much more motivated to continue working with you. You don’t want to lose out on those business relationships simply because you aren’t showing your gratitude.
In the earlier example, we mentioned showing gratitude to your customers by offering discounts and prizes. You should also show you are grateful for them by helping solve their problems quickly and effectively. When you keep gratitude as a central part of your relationships, your business will thrive because of them.
If you really want to make your company stand out, then make gratitude a central part of your brand’s image. As strange as it sounds, when gratitude is a key component of your every day operations, it makes you appear more successful.
Image is a powerful thing and when you appear more successful, more people will be drawn to your business. Thus, actually making your business more successful.
When you create a brand image of gratitude for those that interact with your business, customers will choose you over a competitor. After all, wouldn’t you rather do business with a company that you know appreciates you instead of one that only sees you as a profit?
Better Work Ethic
Businesses spend a lot of time focusing on customers, clients, and partners but what about your employees and coworkers? Without them, you wouldn’t even have a business. Showing gratitude to your team is a huge element of making your business thrive.
When you show gratitude to your team, it gives them more motivation to work harder and get better. Consider this example. Team A is assigned a difficult task and Team B is assigned a relatively simple task. You would think that Team B would have an easier time completing their task right? What if I told you that the Team B leader never encouraged, motivated, or showed gratitude to his team but the Team A leader did? Guess what happens. Team B becomes unmotivated and slowly finishes the task whereas Team A feels appreciated and works hard to get the task done correctly and on time.
Gratitude plays a major role in how teams, employees, and coworkers perform in their jobs. If you don’t let them know how important they are and how grateful you are for them, your business will fail from the inside.
Gratitude is Key
Gratitude is key to helping your business thrive. Without it, you don’t have much hope of your company ever becoming more than it already is. Remember to express your gratitude if you want better business relationships, a better company image, and a better work ethic from your employees. Only then will your business truly be a success.
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