A Workplace Gratitude Model – The Dialog Mile
Through scientific research, case studies, and personal experience, we know that happiness and gratitude in the workplace significantly improve the overall performance of the organization and the general well-being of its employees. Now it’s time for employers to integrate this knowledge into the culture and day-to-day practices of their organizations.
As I consider how we can better infuse gratitude into the workplace, I recall a wonderful workplace program that I had the pleasure of facilitating a few years back when I was the Director of HR for the Dialog Corporation.
When I joined Dialog, it was a mash-up of haphazardly integrated organizations, cultures and systems. Employees in every department felt misunderstood, under-valued, under-utilized and unappreciated. Even though we had a lot of talented people who wanted to do good work and provide great service, quality and efficiency were very low and the morale even lower.
One afternoon, a group of about ten employees (representing all of the departments) and one manager approached me about developing Read More
I thought about naming this article, “Can I Get a Do-Over for 2015?” That was the first thought I had when I began thinking about what I want for 2016 and realized that the “list” was basically what I wanted for 2015.
We create our own reality through our thoughts, intentions and inspired actions, so I fully expected to easily achieve my goals. Along the way, however, the road got quite rocky. I won’t bore you with the details, but long story short…by the second half of 2015 an old back injury became so painful (9+ on a 10-point scale) that it significantly reduced my level of engagement and activity in every aspect of my life.
Most people know me as typically being very positive and hopeful, but this pain caused me to experience a lot of unwanted negativity:
I did not want this negativity to attract other similar experiences, so I found ways to relieve the pain temporarily so that I could focus on thinking more positive thoughts. Read More
My latest article, which was published in the Expert Speakers’ monthly newsletter. Something that I feel very strongly about…
Using Ferguson, New York, Boston and Baltimore Events to Create a New Reality
By Karin Cross
Every experience in life is an opportunity to better define what is wanted for the future. From the perspective of right now, do you want more of the same or do you want something different? If you want more of the same, do nothing and continue to focus on what is. If you want something different, however, then your thoughts and actions must shift to reflect the change that is wanted. Creating a different experience is simply a matter of making a choice and lining up your thoughts and actions with this choice. This is the Law of Attraction at work – what you focus upon expands.
Recent events in Ferguson, New York, Boston and now Baltimore present all of us with the opportunity to look at what is and decide whether we want more of the same or something different. If we want more of the same – fear, anger, frustration, powerlessness, loss – then we simply need to keep doing what we’re doing and continue to focus on what is – the details of each event, blame and the past. This is typically how we tend to respond – unconscious, reactionary and totally focused on the negative – and thus the reason that social change takes so long. Read More
Recently, I’ve noticed 5 and 10 day gratitude challenges circulating around Facebook. I’ve enjoyed reading some of the posts and thought it a bit humorous when a few began to grumble about running out of ideas to jot down on their lists. Since today is my 105th consecutive day of writing 10 DIFFERENT “things” each day for which I am grateful, I thought I would share how this practice of gratitude has changed my perspective and my life.
The key to creating abundance in any area of your life – financial, love, peace, joy, fulfillment, health, etc. – is feeling abundant NOW. You have to feel it in your bones every minute of every day. Read More