It takes so little effort to be nice and appreciative, so when people feel like they are not receiving enough gratitude, resentment builds fast. However, when compassion and decency are felt, it can dramatically improve productivity. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Dave DeSteno discusses how to cultivate gratitude, compassion, and pride and why it is important.
Grateful to Be Grateful
Here is how DeSteno discusses the value of these traits:
… research has shown that when people feel grateful, they’re willing to devote more effort to help others, to be loyal even at a cost to themselves, and to split profits equally with partners rather than take more money for themselves. When they feel compassion, they’re willing to devote time, effort, and money to aid others. And when they feel proud – an authentic pride based on their abilities as opposed to a hubristic one – they’ll work harder to help colleagues solve problems. And all of these behaviors draw others to us. People who express gratitude, compassion, and pride are viewed positively by those around them.
DeSteno’s own research further supports these claims. He has found that people show twice as much patience regarding financial awards when they are made to feel grateful about something. Additionally, people who feel pride or compassion persevere 30 percent longer on challenging tasks compared to people feeling other rosy emotions, such as general happiness. So it is really these specific feelings that ignite more productivity.
DeSteno finds that these feelings even help to combat loneliness, which is a growing problem amid offices with increasingly mobile workforces. People who feel gratitude and compassion inherently feel more connected to others and willing to support them, making for tighter teams. There is a lot to gain from these feelings.
For several more tested examples of the benefits of gratitude and compassion, you can view the original article here: https://hbr.org/2018/02/how-to-cultivate-gratitude-compassion-and-pride-on-your-team