Being Thankful at Work

Happy Thanksgiving! As the name implies, this is a holiday to give thanks for the things and people who matter most to us. But are you giving thanks at work? You might not realize it, but a quick thank you can mean quite a bit to the right person. Here is a cornucopia of ways to be thankful at work.

  1. Give Thanks

Work can get busy, so it’s understandable if you don’t confirm receipt of every email you receive. But a quick “thanks for the email” or “got it, thanks!” can go a long way. Some of your co-workers might tend to worry if they don’t have confirmation on something, and these types of responses can put their minds at ease. If you frequently receive emails from outside your department, this is also a way to communicate with colleagues you don’t see on a daily basis.

  1. Pardon the Turkey

People aren’t perfect. You might have a co-worker who fills you with dread every time you open an email, or whenever they open their mouth in a meeting. But getting angry or frustrated with them doesn’t help your productivity or your mental state. Instead of dwelling on how much you dislike them, try to focus on their good qualities. How you had a fun conversation with them, or how they really helped you accomplish a certain goal. Remember, you don’t know what they might be experiencing in their personal lives, so if their behavior isn’t a major infraction, it might be best to go with the flow and let it go.

  1. Pass the Thanks on

If a co-worker does a great job on a project, let everyone know! Pass that success on to the whole table. Let your co-worker’s manager know how thankful you are for their hard work. Some folks can get down when they feel like nobody is recognizing their hard-won achievements, so it’s important to highlight their triumphs when you can.

And that’s that! Thanksgiving is all about thanks for friends and family, but why not spread that thanks to the workplace as well? Have a great holiday!

Do you have any other ways you give thanks at work? Let us know in the comments section below!

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