Seven Ways to a Workplace Thanksgiving
If you are like me, you might be looking at the calendar and wondering how did it get to be November so quickly. We raced through another year taking on the most daunting challenges. Those challenges have a tendency to speak louder in our memory of what happened during the year. However, the year may have also included pleasant surprises. Now is a good time to reflect on not only the difficult times, but also most importantly the good things the year brought along. Here are some ideas to help you find a workplace Thanksgiving.
Get away from the workplace interruptions, emails, phones and noise and get to a place where you can think. Now, take a minute and think about the following:
- Employee’s discretionary efforts – Did you have employees throughout the year that went above and beyond to help customers? Was there an employee who figured out how to maneuver through limited resources due to cost containment initiatives and still satisfy customers? Thank them.
- Employees who stayed strong through hard times – While the year was fraught with furloughs, layoffs and workplace uncertainty, do you have employees who stuck with you through thick and thin? Thank them.
- Loyal customers – Did you have customers who continue to utilize your services or purchase your merchandise? Thank them.
- Loyal and flexible suppliers or vendors – Did you have suppliers that while facing hard times chose to give you discounts or shift their services in way that allowed you to continue to conduct business during difficult times? Thank them.
- Community – Did you have a community who supported your organization even while they too are hard hit with difficult economic times? Thank them.
- Co-workers – Did you have the opportunity to work alongside team members who pitched in to help you without being asked? Thank them.
- Manager – Being a manager is not for the faint of heart. Did you have a manager that while having to make difficult decisions did so with a heart of objectivity and fairness? Did you have a manager that is approachable and willing to listen even though their hands were tied? Yes, go ahead. Thank them too.
While faced with what seemed like impossible challenges it is easy to take these areas for granted. But the truth is if you think about it carefully you may begin to realize that good things and pleasant surprises did happen this year after all. What a better way to start out the Thanksgiving season but to realize it and thank them?
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Tresha D. Moreland, MBA, MS, SPHR, SSBBP, founder of HR C-Suite, is an HR thought leader in Human Resource Strategic Management. She has held key human resource leadership roles for over 20 years in multiple industries most recently a senior vice president in the healthcare industry.
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