|Thanksgiving is the holiday where we are encouraged to be thankful for the good things in our lives – health, safety, adequate food, clothing, and shelter, as well as the many material blessings we have. For most people, Thanksgiving is usually more of a personally-focused celebration, including sharing meals and time with family and friends.But the Thanksgiving holiday season can also be an opportunity to focus on, and be reminded of, the positive aspects of our work lives. This is especially true in these more difficult economic times, where many who desire employment are unable to find work or have to settle for a job beneath their professional capabilities.For those who are supervisors, managers, business owners or leaders in their organizations, the Thanksgiving holiday is an excellent reminder to both remember, and communicate, the most valuable asset in your workplace: the people who work there(both employees and volunteers).While many people sarcastically say, “I’d enjoy my work more, if it weren’t for the people”; in reality, most of us have highly talented and valuable colleagues. And a few minutes of reflection can help each of us identify those positive characteristics that our team members bring to the workplace each day.Identifying the Positive Characteristics of Colleagues.Think about the individuals you see and with whom you work regularly.
Make a list of your teammates, along with the characteristics you’ve identified.
Communicating your appreciation.
While it’s nice (for you) to reflect on and be thankful for the top quality co-workers you have, it would make their day to hear from you what you appreciate about them. Let me give you some tips that will make the appreciation communicated really “hit the mark” (versus “fall flat”):
A small act of communicating your appreciation to your colleagues may make their whole Thanksgiving a very special holiday. And the rewards you may reap in the coming weeks may be bountiful as well.
NOTE: This is a guest article I wrote for my friend and colleague, Dr. Gary Chapman, for his “A Love Language Minute” newsletter. Feel free to forward this (or the newsletter version) to friends and colleagues.