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Three Research-Backed Tips for a Grateful Workplace

Professor Ryan Fehr | 16:59


 Thank you so much, Amy, for those, uh, wonderful thoughts. Um, as Jason mentioned, I'm a profess a professor in a business school. Um, and I just wanted to, to start by telling you a little bit about how, uh, I got interested in gratitude. Um, so for the past seven years, uh, I teach a lot of evening MBA students.

So what this means is they go to work from early in the morning until 6:00 PM uh, and then from 6:00 PM to nine 30, they're in the classroom. Uh, so these are managers. I'm in Seattle, so these are managers at Amazon, Microsoft at Boeing. And so I see them coming in right from work and I started to see.

some themes and the challenges that they were facing in their work. And so I'd see them come in and sometimes they'd be really stressed out. And, and some of the themes were that work was really competitive, not just within, not just across organizations, but within the organization. So even with your own team members, people felt like there was a lot of competition.

Uh, something that I think was even more, uh, important here is that they felt like the work was too transac. And so maybe you do a favor for a colleague. And then there was an expectation that, okay, well that means that you need to do a favor for me, uh, the next day. So, sort of very short term focused, very transactionally focused.

Uh, and then the third problem is there's just a lot of distractions. So they're running straight from work. The traffic in Seattle is, is just as bad in, in San Francisco, I think. And then, and then they'd be running in. They'd be so hectic about everything that happened in the day that they had a hard time kind of concentrating and seeing the bigger.

And the more I thought about it, I thought that gratitude could really be, uh, a great solution to these challenges to shift the workplace from being so competitive to being more collaborative, uh, from being less transactional, to being more focused on long-term relationships and to help move back from all the distractions of all the things that we're doing all the time, uh, to really kind of see the bigger picture about the role, uh, of work in our.

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