The importance of giving thanks at work and beyond

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This time of the year is all about appreciating and giving thanks for all the things we care about and the ones we hold close.

But that holiday spirit shouldn’t stop with just our family and friends. For many people, their place of work is like a home away from home. Although it’s important to keep work relationships professional, you’ve likely come to regard some of your coworkers as close friends. In the same way you show appreciation for family and friends, so too should you be sure to give thanks for your coworkers.

Recognizing others for their hard work can make a huge impact on how other people work around you. Here are some people you should consider praising this year, and how you can go about doing it. Take a look below:

Leaders: praise your employees. We’ll start with the most obvious. As an employer or leader you should’ve realized by now that your employees are the backbone of everything your company does. It only makes sense that you should go out of your way to thank them for all the hard work they’ve done.

Your praise can come in many forms. Whether it is a simple handshake and “thank you” at the end of the day, a bonus or early Friday, or giving them a nod for their hard work in front of clients or partners, anything you do can make a huge impact.

According to one study recently discussed on HBR, “Seven out of 10 employees who report they’ve received some form of appreciation from their supervisors say they’re happy with their jobs. Without that recognition, just 39% say they’re satisfied.” That’s a significant jump when it comes to employee satisfaction and having that kind of numbers supporting your company is bound to make you that much better.

Thank your mentors. Your mentor has done so much for you by taking you under their wing, explaining the ins and outs of the trade, and going out of their own way just to make sure you succeed as an individual. To top it all off, they probably don’t really ask for much in return.

As such, take the time to recognize your mentor for everything they’ve done. It really doesn’t take much to pull them aside and say thank. In addition, the true best way to show them that you appreciate everything they’ve done is by implementing what they’ve taught you!

Thank your co-workers. As we mentioned above, your workplace is almost like a home away from home. For eight to nine hours a day, five days a week, you are with the same people doing the same things together.

You can start by recognizing them for their work on projects you’ve done together and then you can extend your thanks to after hours by having a little get together. A few drinks (just a few) or dinner never hurt, and the holidays can be a great time to connect with other employees outside of work!

Thank your clients. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have your clients. Employees are most certainly the backbone of the company, but without clients there would be no way to support them.

Take every opportunity you can get to thank your clients, whether that means a simple courtesy call or referring their company to other people you know. Doing anything to really solidify that relationship will make that bond that much stronger.

How do you give praise and what are you thankful for this year? Let us know by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!

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