It seems so simple, but how many of us stop to regularly show our gratitude and appreciation for the people we work with? It is easy to find ourselves buried in emails, completing assignments, running from meeting to meeting, and forgetting to acknowledge the people who make a positive impact in our daily lives. It sometimes takes a real effort to stop ourselves from our day-to-day routine to show our appreciation for others.
It’s critical to not only create positive working relationships but to nurture these relationships over time. Expressing gratitude can help us strengthen our working relationships, create positive feelings, and support one another. Expressing gratitude demonstrates generosity and appreciation for others. It can also have a tremendous impact on the happiness and success of those in the workplace.
By the end of 2014, I will have reported directly to five different executives/managers in a 12-month period of time while being employed simultaneously by two employers. Did you get that–FIVE different executives/managers! That’s a lot of change for one employee to wrap his/her arms around. It can be somewhat tricky figuring out how to work effectively for so many different incredible people in a lifetime let alone in one calendar year.
I don’t profess to be an expert in organizational leadership and change, but I do know that my goal this year has been to support change, move forward, and thrive. I have chosen to remember the past, live in the present, and look forward to the future. Here’s what I have learned through deliberate, purposeful reflection over the past 10 months.
It’s not every day that you meet an incredible individual who will become a long-time colleague, mentor, cheerleader, and friend.
This blog post is a special tribute to my colleague and friend, Stephanie Snyder, who is retiring from many years of public service.
Over the past nine years, I have had the opportunity to work daily with Stephanie in the City Manager’s Office at the City of Rancho Cordova, California. She has worked as a Senior Management Analyst working alongside our City Council and staff. She has also been an incredible asset to the Rancho Cordova community supporting the Sacramento Children’s Museum, California Capital Airshow, the Sacramento Public Library-Rancho Cordova Branch, Cordova Community Council, and much more.
Whether you are a presenter or a participant, meetings offer employees the opportunity to get noticed. What meetings are you sitting in? Who is sitting in those meetings? If you have not given meeting attendance and participation careful and strategic thought, now is the time.
Meetings are a critical operation of business. What’s interesting about meetings is that we can learn more by listening than talking. However, if we remain silent and continue to sit in silence, our thoughts, contributions, and ideas are not shared or noticed among our co-workers.
From this point forward, I would like to encourage you to think differently about meetings.
In today’s competitive workplace employees are being asked to produce more in less time. Many employees are also finding themselves working longer days and even bringing work home with them. With hectic days in the office and personal commitments outside of the office, some employees find it challenging to find the time to create a daily plan.
For years consultants have encouraged employees to take the last 10-20 minutes of their day to get organized, clean off their desks, and to plan for the next day ahead.
At the end of each day do you dash out of the office or do you review the work that should be completed the next day? Do you realistically estimate the time it will take to complete each task and prioritize the tasks by listing the most time sensitive or urgent task first. Here’s a few tips that you can use for daily planning: