April 27th was Administrative Professionals Day. I think it’s pretty amazing that there is a day set aside for companies to say thank you to secretaries, receptionist and other administrative staff. Essentially, their job is to serve and it is often a thankless job.
Imagine how better all employees (and employers) would feel if that special gratitude was extended beyond one day? Well, I have good news. It can!
Below are 3 Tips For Expressing Gratitude in the workplace
Write thank you notes
When was the last time you have written or received a hand-written note? I’m sure it’s been a while. It’s something special about getting a piece of paper with a positive message on it. If one of your colleagues has done something nice for you, go the extra mile and express gratitude with a hand-written thank you note/card.
Hold the door/elevator
Life gets busy. I get it. We are often rushing from point A to point B daily that we sometimes lose sight of simple things like….manners. So next time you see someone rushing for the elevator or struggling with their bags, offer to hold the door for them. It’s a simple gesture that can go a long way!
Offer to pick up and/or buy lunch for your boss
If your boss is high in-demand, it might be normal for them to be glued to their desk and/or in meetings all day. Extend a little gratitude to them this week by offering pick up and/or buy lunch for them. Again, a simple gesture that is often overlooked. We all deserve lunch!
When’s the last time you’ve taken inventory of your life? I think it’s really important to pause and reflect and make sure you are on the right path. If things are great, then you can celebrate and make new life goals. If things aren’t as great, then it might be time to make a few changes.
No matter what the outcome is, I’m here for help you grow! Below are three ways that you can take inventory of your life:
- Make a list of everything /everyone that makes you happy
When life gets hard, it’s easy to focus on the negativity. However, one way to overcome that is to reflect on the positive. You are alive, you are breathing and you are uniquely created for a purpose. Get into the consistent habit of celebrating the positive and watch your mindset change!
- Make a list of your goals
Goal setting will help you in many ways. They can help increase your productivity and keep you in line when things get hectic around you. Make your list of SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based) goals and post them where you can see them daily! This might be at your desk, on your bathroom mirror or on your phone. Be intentional.
- Seek honest feedback from the people around you
Do you really want to know how you’re doing? Ask the people around you. Make a list of the top 5 people in your life that you interact with daily. Schedule some uninterrupted time with them and ask for honest feedback. Ideally, this should be done in person but phone calls, video chats and emails are also okay.