I’m almost done listening through The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. At the very end of the book he talks about ways to strengthen relationships at your job. One of the things he talks about is expressing gratitude to your colleagues, and how doing so can start a domino effect leading to stronger relationships with those you thanked as well as a feeling of greater cohesiveness within the team as a whole.
This past year was the first year for me to work remotely with the company I’ve been at for three years now, and I’ve definitely found that it can tend to cause you to feel disconnected. Add to that the fact that the company has been going through some stress due to a key person leaving, and I feel like some gratitude could really benefit company morale.
Of course, I’m considering turning the practice into a Beeminder goal. However, I’d like to really think it through before I do so I can start something that’s sustainable. The company has less than 10 employees, which makes me wonder if requiring myself to express gratitude every day might be too much. But maybe not? It sounds intimidating, anyway.
What are your thoughts on this type of go-say-something-to-someone goal? Especially interested in your take if you are introverted, work remotely, and/or have used a similar Beeminder goal.
Any other well-being goals I should be thinking about adding as a remote worker? Would love to hear any stories you all have about using Beeminder in a remote situation. Doesn’t have to be about a remote job—what about remote relationships, etc?