It’s an extra-good time of year to show gratitude at work (and in life). You can draft off the sentiment that naturally comes with the season.
That is, until you read of the season’s first fistfight over a big screen TV at Wherever Mart. Sentiment then switches towards wanting to disown your fellow humans.
But don’t despair. I’m announcing a Try-One-Get-One sale on gratitude. Try these 30 ways over the next 30 days and odds are you’ll receive right back.
Pull someone into a conference room and tell them why you appreciate them–just because.
Roll up your sleeves. Bring resources to bear. They won’t forget.
Even if it came from you.
Confession: This is a Kings of Leon lyric, but it still applies. Look up from your laptop and have a laugh with someone. Appreciate the connection.
Form a new habit that says “I respect your time.”
And ask thoughtful questions. Be interested, not interesting.
And reward them for it.
Especially someone not usually in your circle. Extend your circle of gratitude.
It makes people feel important and valued.
Don’t be a time sponge. Do the opposite and take on a task for someone.
Don’t assume what motivates you motivates all.
Appreciate them for who they are.
Use the opportunity to make a personal connection and be grateful for it.
Odds are when you’re the busiest, so are they. Helping in such moments resonates.
Remember when someone extended a hand to you? It meant something.
Like Journey sang, “Any way you want it.” Just care enough to do it.
Start a parade of gratitude.
Show you care by helping to showcase.
Your investment will pay big dividends.
Show appreciation for their points.
It’s so much more powerful to do the former.
You needed this once too. Show appreciation for where they’re at.
Be genuine, and genuinely try to help their career.
People appreciate those who keep it real.
Find ways to thank those who helped you/the team get to where they are.
Let others know why you’re deciding what you are or what that big meeting was like you were at. Help them visualize the next step (or two or three).
Don’t wait for the touchdown, celebrate the first down.
Be specific, sincere, and insightful.
Showing gratitude to the less visible stars makes the galaxy brighter.
Set up a simple system for people to reward and recognize each other.
Bonus: Take time to reflect as a team–you’ve come a long way baby. And reflect on this list to create an attitude of gratitude.