Why Your Company Should Recognize Gratitude Month (& How To Do It Virtually)

Why a Company Should Recognize Gratitude Month (Virtually)

In 2015, November was declared National Gratitude Month. Since then, people around the world have used the month of November to reflect on what they’re grateful for.

After the past few whirlwind years, it has never been more important for companies to recognize Gratitude Month. By showing appreciation, both employers and employees can lift each other’s spirits. In fact, according to mental health experts, expressing and receiving gratitude can relieve stress, enhance positive emotion, increase self-esteem, and lead to a lower risk of depression and anxiety. 

So if your company is still working remotely, how can you observe Gratitude Month? 

Here are 5 ways your company can give thanks this year:

1. Send Personalized Gifts

Show your employees appreciation by sending them personalized care packages. These can include anything from gift cards and self-care products to recipe books and DIY kits. If your employees have children, consider including a few things for them too.

2. Organize Volunteer Work

Even if your company is fully remote, you can encourage your employees to give back to the community by volunteering or organize opportunities for them to do so. Whether it’s helping out at a local food bank or participating in a community cleanup, volunteering is a perfect way to show gratitude.

3. Make a Donation

Make a donation in employees’ names to a charitable organization or nonprofit of their choice. You can also encourage employees to donate and match their donations to double the impact.

4. Give Employees a Break

Whether you declare a company-wide day off or just encourage employees to step away from their computers, giving them a well-deserved break is a perfect way to show them appreciation. 

5. Encourage Reflection 

To recognize Gratitude Month this year, encourage your employees to reflect on what they are grateful for. Consider kicking off a call by asking each of your team members to share something they’re grateful for—whether it’s good health, loved ones, or a job. This kind of reflection is what Gratitude Month is all about.

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