Cultivating a culture of gratitude

by Jen Smoldt on December 3, 2018

SpatialKey gives thanks

Randy Pausch, the late professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon, said in his book, The Last Lecture, “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” The holidays are a good time to stop and take stock, both personally and professionally. The problem is, many of us are just too busy for gratitude! Appreciation is such a powerful, simple thing, yet so seldom expressed—especially in the workplace. In fact, one survey found that people are less likely to express gratitude at work than any place else, with 74 percent never or rarely expressing gratitude to their boss. Indeed, the workplace can be a place of high critique—whether it’s yourself or others evaluating your work. We’re often quick to criticize, not so quick to give praise.

Here at SpatialKey our team works 100% remotely, so it can be especially challenging to communicate gratitude because we don’t see each other every day. We're deliberate about solving that problem with our Living Our Values (LOVe) virtual room on our instant messaging platform. This room is dedicated to recognizing the best of each other and expressing a simple thanks to co-workers over chat. These small gestures inspire a culture of gratitude. And, the proof is in the pudding! SpatialKey is proud to be named a Choose People certified company again in 2018.

Our LOVe room is the brainchild of our Custodian of Culture (aka founder and CEO), Tom Link, who had this to say about what he’s thankful for:

Tom Link headshot

Tom Link, SpatialKey Founder & CEO

“Insurance helps individuals, families, and businesses to take risks and pursue dreams by providing a safety net, while also helping to prevent loss, promote safety, and reduce risk. Likewise, it aids in building a more resilient society and more sustainable planet. I'm thankful that SpatialKey serves the insurance industry by building technology that plays a role in  helping insurers further these noble causes. And I’m thankful, every day, for my fellow co-workers that continually inspire me.”

Here are a few more things we’re thankful for here at SpatialKey:


Shivanii Cordes, UX Director

“I'm thankful for the relationships we have with our customers. When our customers share how they use SpatialKey to help solve their problems, it helps us understand which features provide the most value and how best to design solutions that streamline their workflows and get them to their desired results.”


Rick Vissering, Account Manager

“I consider SpatialKey, our team, our goals and our culture as one of the many blessings in my life, and I’m thankful for all of them. And, I’m grateful that I can wake up everyday looking forward to working with my SpatialKey family.”


Emmanuel Flores, QA Manager

“I'm thankful for the people I work with; they are all very talented individuals whom I get to learn a lot from. I'm also thankful for the work-life balance SpatialKey provides.”


Jessica Hofmann, Finance Director

“I am thankful for how my coworkers are quick to respond to questions and their willingness to help out. I know they are usually busy, but they make time and are diligent about responding and doing what they say. I'm also thankful that we have a culture where we are encouraged to speak up and support each other. It helps make a super productive work environment."

From all of us at SpatialKey, this holiday season we send our gratitude to you. May you all have a long list of things to be thankful for this year. And, if we’re doing our job right, we hope to be one of them!


Topics: Company culture, insurance technology

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