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Here's the right way to practice gratitude with your employees this Thanksgiving a?? and what to avoid saying

Here's the right way to practice gratitude with your employees this Thanksgiving a?? and what to avoid saying

Forcing a top-down approach to gratitude can backfire.
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Scott Dust is the chief research officer at Cloverleaf, a technology platform for integrated performance management, and a professor at the Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.




As the holiday season begins this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Dust says there's a right and wrong way to encourage gratitude with your coworkers.




Leaders shouldn't remind employees to be grateful they are employed during the pandemic; instead, thank your colleagues for continuing to put their best foot forward despite uncertainty and constant changes.




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As Thanksgiving approaches, we're reminded to be grateful for what we have. But for many workers, 2020 has been rough. The pandemic-induced economic challenges have cost many employees their jobs or have forced them to accept less pay and more work. Many of those still employed are doing double-duty as they manage the remote learning of their children. And most importantly, many employees risk their health while being physically present at work to keep the economy moving. Should we buck up and be grateful?Gratitude is indeed a positive character trait. It's hard to argue with that. I would caution, however, that gratitude is like a dangerous weapon. It's a form of self-defense with protective qualities. But when mishandled, the result is less than ideal.
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