421 - Thanks-A Lot

Posted March 21, 2022 by Mark Perna

Episode: 421

Episode Title: Thanks—A Lot

A new study shows that people who are thanked for their effort are far less likely to be looking for an opportunity elsewhere. Find out more, next on The Perna Syndicate.

 

Ep 421 show:

Hello and welcome to a new week on The Perna Syndicate! I’m your host, Mark Perna, and today I want to talk about the relationship between gratitude and retention. 

 

New research by the company Workhuman has found that people who were thanked at work in the last month are only half as likely to be looking for a new job. They’re also three times more likely to see a path to grow within the organization.

 

Now, obviously this has immediate application in the world of work, but I think we can also use this principle in other settings like the home and classroom. 

 

Think about the power of a simple thank-you. Thank you for handing that in. Thank you for giving so much to this project. Thank you for working so hard to get this done. 

 

At first, it may seem counterintuitive to thank people for what they’re technically already supposed to be doing, but we need to get past that mindset. A heartfelt “thank-you” never hurt anyone. 

 

Letting people know you appreciate them can motivate their continued effort and ultimately benefit everyone in the organization. So give thanks—a lot. 

 

Tomorrow: how can we get beyond transactional conversations and connect on a real level with coworkers and students? We’ll talk about that and more on the next episode of The Perna Syndicate. See you then! 


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