How To Create A Culture Of Gratitude In The Workplace

by Karl Sun

With the holidays in full swing, it’s easy to think of reasons you’re grateful. But what happens when the lights come down, the Christmas trees sit discarded on the side of the road, and the New Year’s resolutions diets begin?

According to UC Davis psychology professor and author Robert Emmons, gratitude is a basic human requirement—and since we spend most of our waking hours at the office, giving and receiving thanks at work becomes pretty important. And don’t forget the science-backed benefits of gratitude—it increases productivity, job satisfaction, and physical and mental health.

Here’s a quick look at what I’ve learned along Lucid’s journey to a culture of gratitude—and hopefully other executive teams can use our journey as an example to help shape their own cultures.

  1. Lead by example
  2. Make it specific
  3. Do it daily
  4. Look for humility
  5. Give back
  6. Recognize the big and small
  7. Have the conversation
  8. Provide avenues for gratitude
  9. Don’t just recognize, but thank
  10. Take time to reflect


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