Posts Tagged ‘gratitude’

Does “thank you” still matter in the workplace? Win a $50 gift card

thank you typeWhen’s the last time your boss said “thank you” to you?

For my graduate thesis, I’m looking at the intersection of two passions: corporate communication and gratitude. I’m conducting research to explore the use, effectiveness, and dark sides of gratitude communications in the workplace. I’ve conducted three focus groups so far, and was pleasantly surprised at the passion about this topic. For sake of space, I had to turn away at least a dozen people for the focus groups.

I’ll admit: months ago I’d been timid about the topic, thinking it might be too “Pollyanna-ish.” Not anymore. With a supportive thesis committee, and collection of people’s experiences from focus groups, I see a need to be filled in the literature – and in managerial approach. In my literature reviews, I’ve not found anything else covering the topic quite like this. I’ll be sharing the findings here in spring of 2014.

What about you? I’m conducting a survey and need your input. To participate you need to be currently working full-time in an organization and have no employees reporting to you.

Complete the survey by 11:59 p.m. MST, Friday, Dec. 20 and you can enter to win one of two $50 gift cards. Study findings will be available to interested participants, and no names will be used in the research. Winners will be notified on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Take survey here: Gratitude in the Workplace

In all sincerity, thank you for your time.

Five little words that mean “thank you”

November 27, 2013 |  by  |  Live life fully  |  , , ,  |  No Comments

Thank you very muchA few months ago, an admired mentor gifted me a lasting lesson in five profound words. At the time, I felt stretched on multiple fronts: spearheading a demanding project at work, keeping up with a pile of graduate school assignments, all while growing a new person. He gently asked how I was doing, not in the generic supposed-to-ask way, but sincerely inquiring on my health and happiness.

I honestly told him I was tired. I felt overwhelmed in the balancing act of being a professional, an academic, and soon-to-be mother. He nodded, understanding I had a lot on my plate.

His reply struck my heart:

“Enjoy it while it lasts.”

I remembered, momentarily ashamed, that he’d recently lost a loved one. His intent was not to make me feel bad, but remind me about the preciousness of each phase of life. I wrote down his words, putting them in a place I see them every day. I’ve thought often since about how fortunate I am to be in the midst of opportunities, enjoying great health, and wonderful associations. As he reminded me, I hope to enjoy each phase, and recognize at every season that I’m truly blessed.

You are too. The fact that we’re alive in this era of time, with technological advances in communication, medicine, transportation – you name it – allows us an ease of life never known before to humankind. It’s a good time to be alive. With Thanksgiving tomorrow, let us all take time to thank the people in our life who make it worth living.

To my admired mentor: a heartfelt thank you for your five words that mean so much.

And to you reader friend, wherever and whoever you are: Thanks for being here.