How and why you should say THANK YOU to the people you work with

How and why you should say THANK YOU to the people you work with

by Melissa Dahl from the Science of Us

About halfway through “The Suitcase” — one of the most well-known and well-loved episodes of Mad Men — Peggy is near tears, upset with Don because she feels like he’s always overlooking her efforts and abilities. He never says 'thank you,' she points out, to which Don snappishly replies, “That’s what the money is for!”

As in most scenarios on that show, Don is mostly wrong, and Peggy is mostly right. Psychological research in recent years has, in fact, shown evidence for the motivational powers of a little appreciation at the office, writes journalist Janice Kaplan in her new book, The Gratitude Diaries, which was recently excerpted by The Wall Street Journal. In it, Kaplan cites a recent survey of 2,000 Americans about their thoughts on gratitude:

  • 81 percent of respondents said that they’d be willing to work harder for an appreciative boss.

  • 70 percent said they’d feel better about themselves and their efforts if their boss thanked them more regularly.

  • And yet, gratitude at the office appears to be a pretty rare thing, with just 10 percent of survey respondents saying that they regularly showed their colleagues gratitude…

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