“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” – Edward Sandford Martin
This is the season to start feeling sentimental. As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s easy to reflect on what we’re grateful for—including things we like about our jobs. You don’t have to hold back until the week of the holiday to feel thankful at your place of work. Ask yourself: Do you and the other leaders of your organization put an emphasis on making appreciation and an “attitude of gratitude” a priority? Do your employees feel like appreciation and gratitude are not just a seasonal passing but that it exists all year round? It has been my experience that when employees are appreciated they are happier, more productive and work better with one another. The commitment to the spirit of Thanksgiving seems to have a big payoff year round.
I have noticed that all too often too many people leave work every day thinking, ‘My boss doesn’t appreciate me.’ Do you ever feel that your work isn’t fully valued? I imagine if you feel that way often, you likely started to care a little less about your work. People don’t provide the kind of service they would if they felt appreciated. Co-workers don’t make an effort to help coworkers. In an atmosphere of being taken for granted or a sense of just being a cog in the workplace machine, the overall environment is hugely impacted. Productivity decreases, turnover increases and it can become very difficult to stay afloat—especially in a tough economy.
Check out the following ideas that could help you create a Thanksgiving “attitude of gratitude” all year around. Try to incorporate them in everyday business. Make certain your efforts are sincere, genuine and authentic. I know you will reap the rewards if you and your colleagues make a consistent effort.
- Encourage workers to say “thank you” to their colleagues.
- Remember that it’s the thought that counts when someone tries to do something positive in the workplace—even when it may not exactly make the mark.
- Communicate, communicate, communicate; commit to open communication, so that problems do not fester inside you or your employees.
- Give out compliments and encourage employees to get used to the practice. Create the expectation that they will compliment co-workers and accept compliments with grace as well.
- Make it a point to strategically and again genuinely and authentically let your customers know that you appreciate them and their business.
- Remember that positive reinforcement encourages more positive behaviors in the workplace. Never forget that the “flipside” of this statement is also true.
“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “Thank you,” that would suffice.” ~Meister Eckhart