3 Surprisingly Easy Ways To Be Inspired At Work

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Engagement, a well-functioning team, and transparency are primary factors to fulfillment at work. Each have a critical place in the recipe for high performing and productive employees.

Companies without engaged employees, strong team dynamics, and honest, open communication have trouble sustaining morale and retaining top talent, leaving employees uninspired to do their best.

It is possible to personally contribute to a great work culture while realizing your own potential to be the best you can be. All it takes is a little effort on your part to inspire and affect change.

Share your Progress

Sharing progress at work helps you personally stay on track, but also creates an open flow of valuable information. It allows everyone to celebrate your successes and gives them an ability to provide help, encouragement and support where needed. When everyone is unintrusively able to see what is being worked on and accomplished, it aids in building team camaraderie through coordination, connection and transparency.

 The majority of us already perform similar actions in our everyday lives with social media. Updating our network of trusted friends and peers (even strangers) with what we’re up to and our accomplishments has become second nature. It is a trend that won’t be dying off any time soon, primarily in thanks to the Millennial generation. DoubleDutch explains,

“As millennials begin entering the workforce in droves, the importance of transparency will undoubtedly increase as it’s something this generation has been brought up on. Think about it. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… it’s all about what I’m doing right now that I think you need to know about.”

 Making it a habit to share progress on a frequent basis will give you, and your team, motivation to get more done.

Show Gratitude

For one reason or another, gratitude in the workplace appears to be almost non-existent. Saying “thank you” seems like a menial task that, ironically, goes unappreciated.

A Gratitude Survey conducted for the John Templeton Foundation in 2012 found that “[p]eople are less likely to express gratitude at work than anyplace else.” Only 60% admitted they have never expressed gratitude at work and numbers are quite low when it comes to peer to peer expressions of gratitude. A whopping 10% of respondents in the survey said they express thanks to colleagues.

The Templeton study does indicate that gratitude is a big motivator for employees and they would do better work if their boss expressed more gratitude: 70 percent would feel better about themselves if their boss were more grateful and 81 percent would work harder.

The same can be said when it comes to colleagues expressing thanks to one another. Gratitude at its core makes happier, more fulfilled, and productive workers.

Communicating appreciation shouldn’t be saved for special occasions. If organizations want to see their employees more engaged, leaders should build a culture that holds gratitude in higher regard. Few other actions will contribute more to a healthy, happy and productive environment than a simple thank you.

Ask For Help and Give Help

Ego or fear may sometimes get in the way of asking for help at work. But once we accept it, we feel good about having that support. And giving help feels even better.

Adam Grant, author of Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, says that lending a helping hand to colleagues is “[o]ne of the most effective and robust ways to boost your happiness and your performance at work.” Companies and organizations who build and sustain a strong giving culture have higher profits, positive levels of morale, and lower employee turnover. (Source)

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Giving help also creates a ripple effect as it inspires the recipient to offer help to someone else.

We shared 10 articles on why asking for help at work is beneficial and some best practices on asking last week.

Sharing your progress, showing gratitude, accepting and giving help are actions celebrated in the Progress Principle. Teresa Amiable stated in an interview, “Clear goals, providing people with autonomy, and simply giving people help can do much to catalyze progress.” She adds, “We believe that the progress principle is deeply rooted in thoughtful and respectful human interaction. We have found that having positive inner work life is critical to making progress and vice versa.”

As you look to accomplish great and meaningful things, remember how important it is to build a network of support. They’ll be there to celebrate successes with and help when you run into challenges. Just as you’ll be there to do the same for them.

Adding the tasks listed above to your every day can inspire your best work and your best life.

-Lolly Fitzpatrick

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