Ways to Show Your Gratitude at Work


November is National Gratitude Month and we’re kicking off the month by sharing a list of ways which you can express your gratitude in the workplace!

From enhanced mood, improved productivity, stronger relationships and a happier workforce, gratitude plays an important role in any organization’s success.  According to a study, employees are 50 percent more successful when leaders show gratitude for their efforts. It’s a win-win.  So, here’s some ideas to get your started!

Greet your colleagues when they arrive each morning

This simple gesture shows your colleagues you acknowledge them and helps break down any barriers to communication which is key to any successful relationship.   

Say ‘thank you’ often

It’s that simple.  And take the time to be specific in telling them why you appreciate them at that particular moment. Too often we equate gratitude with gifts, and what people really want, or need is to hear that they are contributing and are valued.

Surprise your team with lunch, coffee, or another treat

Who doesn’t appreciate free food and surprises?!  This 2-in-1 effort goes a long way while not costing a whole lot.   

Be respectful of each other’s time

You may be thinking, of course I respect my colleague’s time.  But do you tell them? Don’t just assume they know, make sure they know by telling them. 

Recognize efforts even when things go wrong

We often know to point out people’s achievements, but don’t forget about doing this also when things don’t go quiet as planned.  In any situation, you can always find something that was done well.  Acknowledging those efforts will help your colleagues move on and overcome the challenges, as opposed to them focusing on what they did wrong.

Unsolicited gratitude

Sending an unexpected quick message that says something like “Thanks for everything you do!” shows people that you are thinking about them and value their contributions. Unsolicited positive feedback can lift someone’s mood, increase motivation, and build loyalty.

Be there to help when they need it

Being there to help someone when they need you is a good way to show gratitude. This gesture shows them that you are appreciative and dependable, which means you both will grow mutual trust.

Write them a note

It’s simple but effective. It shows that you really do care and appreciate their hard work by taking the time to write a personal note.

Implement a ‘Cheers’ system

Create a company-wide system for colleagues to give praise to each other for all to see.  Could be as simple as a bulletin board in the lunchroom, an opportunity at team meetings to “cheers” or a place on your company digital communication platform. 

Offer acts of service

Consider expressing thanks by doing something to help out the people you work with. There are many ways to say thanks with an act of service, such as:

  • Offer to do a little extra work so that your colleague can leave early to run an errand or pick up a child from school, etc.
  • Give a colleague with car or transportation issues a ride to or from work.
  • Write a glowing recommendation for someone who deserves it.
  • Be a good listener to someone who needs to vent or wants your feedback on a new idea.

Gratitude is a powerful concept. One of the greatest things about expressing gratitude is that it can be contagious. Meaning, a simple ‘thank you’ can change the way employees interact, feel and perform.   How do you show gratitude in your workplace?  Leave your comments below and share!


Sources:

https://thriveglobal.com/stories/13-simple-ways-of-expressing-gratitude-at-work/

https://www.benefitexpress.info/blog/gratitude-in-the-workplace

https://chopra.com/articles/5-ways-to-show-gratitude-in-your-workplace

Why you really DO need Surge Protectors


Although surge protectors may look like a power strip, don’t be fooled in thinking they offer the same benefits.  A power strip adds extra outlet space to power your electronics, whereas a surge protector actually helps protect your electronics from voltage spikes.  What causes voltage spikes and are they really that common?  Well, events like lightning strikes, power outages, and other grid malfunctions cause voltage spikes, and yes, they happen very frequently. 

7-Outlet Surge Suppressor/Protector
7-Outlet Surge Suppressor/Protector

Now, not all electronics need a surge protector (although there’s no harm if you do choose to use one).  Using one on a lamp, for example, isn’t necessary because the only damage a power surge running through a lamp could do is burn out its lightbulb.  However, it is crucial to use a surge protector on devices such as laptops and computers as they contain voltage-sensitive components that a power surge could easily damage, and without a surge protector, a power spike or power surge could actually shorten the life of your device, wipe out all of your data, or even completely destroy your system. 

Ok, great, so you’ve connected a surge protector to all your critical electronic devices and you’re feeling great that your electronics are safe and protected and now you don’t need to think about it anymore.  Well, not quite.  Surge protectors do need replacing every couple of years because as they take a power hit, it slowly diminishes its life.  Unfortunately, with most surge protectors you can’t tell if it’s providing full protection or not, so it’s best to be proactive and replace it.  A good surge protector can last about three to five years (depending on amount/strength of surges).


Ready to start protecting your electronics?  We have a variety of surge protectors to suit your various needs!

Source: https://earlybirdelectricians.com/blog/why-surge-protectors-are-needed/

Tips for Organizing your Workspace


Get Organized for the New YearStop combing through the piles of paper on your desk to find that note you left for yourself last week.  Gain efficiencies and reduce stress by taking the time to organize your workspace and setup systems to keep your space organized going forward.  Here are some tips to get you started! 

Donate, trash, keep

First, take stock. Create three piles labeled donate, trash and keep. Then, begin organizing the contents of your desk into that space. Leave no item behind. When you’re finished, the desk should be completely emptied into your piles.

Before you decide to keep the item, ask yourself when you used it last and when you’re likely to use it again. You can also apply the well-loved Marie Kondo method: if the item doesn’t give you joy, it belongs in the trash. In other words, if the pen always smudges or gives you a callus, maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a new one.

If it’s an extra stapler that you never use, donating to a colleague or charity goods organization could be the answer. For the trash pile, ask what can be recycled or composted. Many of your old documents can probably go into the compost heap!

Use that shredder

Often, we hold on to old documents because they contain sensitive information. If you want to maintain client privacy while shedding redundant documents, head to the shredder. It’ll lighten your load without compromising your business’ integrity.

Clean it up

When’s the last time your desk was bare? Now that your items are sorted into piles, give every surface a good dust and spray.

Create new organizing systems

Before you start returning items to your desk, reconsider your placement. Perhaps it makes sense to use that bottom drawer for shipping supplies and the top drawer for invoices, but you had everything wherever it fit in the past. Make note of opportunities that will make doing your job more seamless.

Dress it up

It’s amazing what a potted plant or picture frame can do. Studies show that personalizing your workspace can have major psychological benefits. So get down with some feng shui or add a pop of your favourite colour. You’ll thank yourself later.