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How gratitude can support colleagues from marginalised backgrounds – Mental Health At Work

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Research suggests that there is a link between gratitude and positive psychological well-being. Just telling someone they did a good job or really helped you can make both of you feel better. In this blog, Patrick Melville, Media Director of TAP – Thank And Praise, shares how a simple “thank you” can benefit employees from all backgrounds.

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TAP (Thank And Praise) is a social thank you platform focused on building positive relationships and promoting positive mental health within and between groups. It’s a free and secure service that allows anyone to send and receive a thank you message at any time.

It supports the objective of the Equality Act 2010 which is at the forefront of public health. Groups have always worked hard to ensure that employees from different cross-sections of society are treated equally and feel included in their organizations. The goal is embrace our differences and generate a sense of social belonging.

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A sense of missing belonging is a driver of negative psychological impacts in any workplace

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According to MHFA England, there are still strong negative mental health effects in underrepresented groups that can lead to disruption and mental health stigma. They report that over a third (37%) of Coloured people​How workplaces can be better environments for black workers
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A sense of missing belonging is a driver of negative psychological impacts in any workplace, even in underrepresented groups. Belonging is defined as “the feeling of safety and support when there is a sense of acceptance, inclusion and identity for a member of a particular group or place”. For people to feel like they belong, the environment needs to be a diverse and inclusive place.

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A quick and surefire way to foster a sense of belonging is through the power of gratitude.

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Hannah Wilson is the founder of Diverse Educators and a TAP Ambassador. she says that Expressing and receiving gratitude can have a major impact on how we experience belonging. “Since my first day at TAP, I have had a strong feeling that our mission to change the world and make it a better place through the power of gratitude is something the world desperately needs,” she says.

Gratitude promotes a sense of belonging through appreciation and focuses on the “now,” not the past. In addition to strengthening relationships, gratitude can transform negative thoughts and behaviors into more positive thoughts by expanding and building social and mental resources. By outwardly sharing genuine gratitude with others, everyone can begin to create a more connected and trusting environment. A deep and robust human connection is key to inclusion. Therefore, a feeling of positive connectedness and belonging to a group leads to a sense of belonging to an organization.

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TAP’s social thank you platform can be used by anyone to send a thank you message to anyone at any time. The platform has a “positivity guarantee” as each submission is checked for positivity before it can be seen by others.

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Here’s a message sent via TAP that demonstrates the positive impact of gratitude in an underrepresented group:

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“Thank you for your simple, step-by-step guide to using text to promote diversity. I am so impressed with how much you have achieved in your school and I look forward to trying to emulate what you have done!”

Everyone likes to feel thanked and valued

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Rivermead Inclusive Trust uses TAP’s free services to support its employees. Paul Dadson, strategic director for teaching and learning at Rivermead Inclusive Trust, says it has had a positive impact on the well-being of its employees. “As a Trust, we have implemented a number of wellbeing initiatives and believe that TAP can be a key tool we can use to improve employee wellbeing and morale,” he says. “Everyone wants to feel thanked and appreciated, and TAP gives us the opportunity to do this in a meaningful way. We’re really excited to use TAP to say a small thank you to the amazing people who work on all of our Trust deployments.”

Visit the TAP website if you have any questions, or send your thank-you message to someone today. It will be placed on the website’s Thanksgiving Walls and the TAP team will do their best to share it directly with you.

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