I want to help the industry I am part of with several items I see a lot of in the IT industry. This series is entitled:
“What Are We Doing?”
As we progress through these articles, I encourage you to post input or topic suggestions or problems that you may experience so we can improve our industry as a whole together.
Continuing on, this week’s topic will be:
November is the month of thanks. What are you thankful for? Or have you said thanks to the people you work with or to your management? Have you heard thanks from anyone else?
Many times with busy deadlines and project tasks, the Thank You gets overlooked. Have you thanked the security guard for being there, the cleaning person for keeping the restrooms clean? Have you thanked co-workers for listening when you needed someone just to listen or give you alternative ideas about situations you may be experiencing? Have you hand written any Thank You notes for co-workers? Try it. Just hand write a Thank You card that s says thanks for a characteristic you like about them and how it helps you.
How about a thank You journal? Do you start you day by jumping into your “scheduled tasks” that need to get done or do you or could you start your day with a quick 1 – 2 minutes of writing down things you are thankful for today. I have a Thank You journal and have been doing this since November of 2012. Your mind cannot be mad and thankful at the same time. When you start your day off being thankful, it does shine a better perspective on what is to come.
November offers us Veterans Day as well. Have you thanked a veteran for their service? Or remembered those that gave their life to protect our freedom? As American’s we have a lot to be thankful for that we may take for granted. Our work environments can hide the idea of being thankful. We cannot overlook the fact that when groups are thankful the comradery goes up and when that happens things get done not because they have to but because people work together to accomplish the higher goal of what needs to be done and are thankful to be part of a team.
This time of year many organizations will volunteer for the less fortunate. Try that, you will see how you and your co-workers will come together for a common goal that is for a greater good. Try to imagine how it feels on the other side that someone cares and is willing to help you. If some of your co-workers have to work extended hours, see how you can help to lighten their load. Even if it means grabbing them some lunch or something.
So what are we doing? Are we letting ourselves be thankful by writing journal entries? Are we thanking our team members for their efforts? Are we thanking our organizations that we are part of a bigger effort that improves the lives of others? Are we thankful we get to be part of an organization that may give back to help others. Try saying Thank you to your co-workers and other people in your organization. Or keep this idea with you all the time and remember to say thank you to whoever helps you, wait staff, security people, even strangers. Our society will get better if we all realize the value of being thankful. By the way, Thank You for reading this.
How can I Help You?
I can bridge the gap between IT and other parts of your organization.