I make a conscious effort to express my thankfulness to people in my workplace on a regular basis. Sure it takes some thought, it takes some empathy and it requires some action on my part. “Hey so-and-so, thanks for what you did just now. I really appreciate it.” There. Done. It takes some thought, empathy and action but not much. But the effect? Impactful.
Now, sure being thankful is on my mind with Thanksgiving upon us this weekend. May I suggest and hopefully encourage you to spread a little thanks around yourself at work today and tomorrow, if not the entire year.
Thank you Roxann, my Team Clerk who works diligently each day, providing myself and the team with administrative support. Roxann makes it possible for us to focus on what we do by taking care of things behind the scene. She’s often pulled in many directions, some days stretched pretty thin, but always finds a way to come through.
Thank you Trevor, who for over 11 years shared an office with me until this week when he switched his role in the organization. Together we shared so much, professionally and personally and the impact you had on me each day is hard to measure but I’m glad I was wise enough to appreciate you and tell you every so often rather than waiting until now.
Thank you Terri, another team member of mine, who has both her heart and her head in the right place. Like me, you’ve come to the employment counselling role later in life with a rich background of jobs and past careers. I am so grateful for having you in my life and having the privilege to work alongside you.
Thank you Sherry who puts up with my, ‘dad’ jokes, supports me with a compassionate ear and every so often just accepts a hug when given to her. Having worked together briefly as Caseworkers and then Employment Counsellors, we’ve shared a lot of frustration and success but always been there in the important ways for each other. Again, big heart.
Thank you Kathleen, the single best Supervisor with whom I ever had the pleasure of working with. Under your leadership and supportive guidance, I learned to be flexible, became a better employee and by consequence, a better human being. You know how much I value you because I made sure you heard it often enough. Thanks for never shutting down my innovative creativity; even though we know there were times you were saturated with yet another new idea of mine.
Thanks Nataliya, for the consistent, high quality customer service you provide me with when I’ve got a technical need. But more than that, thanks for opening up, sharing and trusting in me. We need more people like you who are both good at what they do and always have serving others the best they can in mind.
Thank you Kelly, my former Manager and now Director, for two distinct gifts you taught me. First, I have always been struck by your routine of turning away from your computer and turning 100% of your body to me when we talk. I’ve copied that and I know it’s value. Second, you always lobby and advocate for those who need a voice most; those we serve, and that’s so important for all of us on the front line to know; you believe in us.
Thanks Rochelle, who has remembered me each and every year on my birthday with an email. Thanks for your past, present and ongoing support, kindness and your way with words. Following your passion is Rochelle all over, and your love of writing is something I can truly appreciate.
Thanks Dave, who is one of the truly great ones. Dave who works with a Servant Leadership style akin to my own. Dave, for whom I look up to with great respect, not only for working every day with service excellence as his legacy, but who does so with grace, humility and compassion. You my friend, are so appreciated and held in the highest regard. And Dave, you’ll get where you want to be; I believe that.
Thank you Leena, Mairna, George, Carl, Bill, Alexandra, and all the other people who welcomed me to walk alongside you for a brief time on your own life’s journeys. It takes a wise person to reach out for help and an even wiser person to accept help when it’s offered to them. You each touch me in profound ways, change me hopefully for the better and for that I am extremely grateful.
Thank you Gayle, Dale, Steven, James, Sherrie, Mike and so many others I can’t list you all; you out there in my readership. When you comment on or like some piece of mine, I feel encouraged to continue. Although we’ve never met in person, I see your faces on your profiles, read your words with appreciation and feel were we to meet one day, we’d shake hands, sit down and talk like we’re old friends. Your communities are fortunate indeed to have you.
So, if I may, make a point of thanking some of those you come into contact with today, tomorrow and each day. Thanksgiving is a good reason to start, even if you feel at the moment you’ve got little to be thankful for. When you look for things to be thankful for, you’ll attract more reasons to be grateful.