Grateful Organizations Quiz

Does your organization elicit gratitude--or make people feel taken for granted?

Grateful Organizations Quiz Research suggests that gratitude boosts morale and productivity in organizations--yet people usually don't express gratitude to or within their organization. In fact, people are less likely to feel or express gratitude at work than anyplace else.

This quiz measures the level of gratitude in an organization. The Greater Good Science Center developed it in consultation with researchers from our Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude project, along with input from Kim Cameron at the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

To take the quiz, think of one organization to which you belong, and keep that organization in mind as you answer the questions. The first 16 items assess how you and others feel, think, and act when you’re in that organization. There are no right or wrong answers, so please respond as honestly as possible. The final nine questions will help our research team see how people’s experiences of gratitude in organizations relate to factors like status, age, and ethnicity.

When you're done, you'll get your organization’s gratitude score, along with ideas for cultivating gratitude in the organization. We'll report next month on what the scores suggest about the Greater Good community.

1. My organization devotes time at meetings or provides other opportunities to enable us to explicitly thank other members for their work.

My organization devotes time at meetings or provides other opportunities to enable us to explicitly thank other members for their work.

2. The people who get ahead in my organization are the people who claim all credit for themselves.

The people who get ahead in my organization are the people who claim all credit for themselves.

3. My supervisor appreciates the everyday things I do for the organization.

My supervisor appreciates the everyday things I do for the organization.

4. I think people in my organization come up with thoughtful and creative ways to express genuine gratitude toward one another.

I think people in my organization come up with thoughtful and creative ways to express genuine gratitude toward one another.

5. The leaders in my organization encourage me to think about how others have helped me in my work.

The leaders in my organization encourage me to think about how others have helped me in my work.

6. People in my organization only thank each other when someone does something extraordinary.

People in my organization only thank each other when someone does something extraordinary.

7. The expressions of gratitude that I receive from others in my organization seem truly sincere to me.

The expressions of gratitude that I receive from others in my organization seem truly sincere to me.

8. In my organization, people thank colleagues who have helped them or contributed to the success of their work in some way, regardless of where those colleagues sit in the organizational hierarchy.

In my organization, people thank colleagues who have helped them or contributed to the success of their work in some way, regardless of where those colleagues sit in the organizational hierarchy.

9. I feel that others in my organization take my contributions for granted.

I feel that others in my organization take my contributions for granted.

10. My organization uses its communication channels (e.g., internal newsletter, email updates) to thank members who have made a special contribution to the organization.

My organization uses its communication channels (e.g., internal newsletter, email updates) to thank members who have made a special contribution to the organization.

11. My organization publicly recognizes the little things that others in the organization do for it.

My organization publicly recognizes the little things that others in the organization do for it.

12. In my organization, it is seen as a sign of weakness to recognize when contributions from others enable our own success.

In my organization, it is seen as a sign of weakness to recognize when contributions from others enable our own success.

13. The leaders in my organization take time to express sincere gratitude to other members who have contributed to the success of the organization.

The leaders in my organization take time to express sincere gratitude to other members who have contributed to the success of the organization.

14. How often do you express thanks or gratitude to others in your organization?

How often do you express thanks or gratitude to others in your organization?

15. How often do peers in your organization thank you for your work?

How often do peers in your organization thank you for your work?

16. I feel deeply appreciated by people in my organization.

I feel deeply appreciated by people in my organization.

17. I have been a recipient of gratitude in my organization.

I have been a recipient of gratitude in my organization.

18. My organization is primarily a/an:

My organization is primarily a/an:

19. Approximately how many people belong to your organization?

Approximately how many people belong to your organization?

20. How would you rate the stress level within your organization?

How would you rate the stress level within your organization?

21. Which best describes your position within your organization?

Which best describes your position within your organization?

22. What is your gender?

What is your gender?

23. What is your age?

What is your age?

24. Please select your ethnic background (if you identify with more than one ethnicity, select the one you identify with the most, or select multiethnic).

Please select your ethnic background (if you identify with more than one ethnicity, select the one you identify with the most, or select multiethnic).

25. What is your geographic location (in the U.S., unless otherwise indicated)?

What is your geographic location (in the U.S., unless otherwise indicated)?
 

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