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.
1. Say thanks out of context
Pull someone into a conference room and tell them why you appreciate them–just because.
2. Find a circumstance to help solve
Roll up your sleeves. Bring resources to bear. They won’t forget.
3. Let them have the idea
Even if it came from you.
4. Take the time to waste a moment
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.
5. Be on time ten times in a row
Form a new habit that says “I respect your time.”
6. Inquire. Then really listen.
And ask thoughtful questions. Be interested, not interesting.
7. Catch someone in the act of doing something good
And reward them for it.
8. Invite someone in and ask their opinion
Especially someone not usually in your circle. Extend your circle of gratitude.
9. Visibly act on advice you’re given
It makes people feel important and valued.
10. Create time for someone
Don’t be a time sponge. Do the opposite and take on a task for someone.
11. Find out what motivates someone. Then do it.
Don’t assume what motivates you motivates all.
12. Decide to accept someone’s imperfections
Appreciate them for who they are.
13. Substitute one email for one live conversation
Use the opportunity to make a personal connection and be grateful for it.
14. Take the time–especially when you don’t have it
Odds are when you’re the busiest, so are they. Helping in such moments resonates.
15. Help a newbie out
Remember when someone extended a hand to you? It meant something.
16. Boost someone’s confidence
Like Journey sang, “Any way you want it.” Just care enough to do it.
17. Engage in positive gossip
Start a parade of gratitude.
18. Help someone get exposure for their work
Show you care by helping to showcase.
19. Take the time to teach in a teachable moment
Your investment will pay big dividends.
20. Commend (not condemn) the person with a different POV
Show appreciation for their points.
21. Put emphasis on assets, not deficits
It’s so much more powerful to do the former.
22. Have patience and empathy for the learning process
You needed this once too. Show appreciation for where they’re at.
23. Brag on your co-worker to their boss
Be genuine, and genuinely try to help their career.
24. Be a beacon of transparency
People appreciate those who keep it real.
25. Acknowledge you stand on the shoulders of giants
Find ways to thank those who helped you/the team get to where they are.
26. Share the view from the window seat
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).
27. Celebrate a small win
Don’t wait for the touchdown, celebrate the first down.
28.Give feedback and stick the landing
Be specific, sincere, and insightful.
29. Celebrate a behind-the-scenes hero
Showing gratitude to the less visible stars makes the galaxy brighter.
30.Get everyone in on the act of rewards and recognition
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.
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