How to Show Gratitude to Your Coworkers

Your coworkers need a thank you every now and then.  They put up with your bad moods, your lunch smells, and your sometimes questionable fashion decisions.  They are always happy to hear about your exciting (or disastrous) weekend, and they are ready to help when you’re having a rough day.  Make an effort today to show your coworkers that you are grateful.  Don’t know how?  Here are some ideas:

Bring in some cookies.  Everyone loves cookies, and it is always a nice surprise to find a plate of goodies in the lunch room.  Bring in a treat every now and then for your coworkers and you will make their day.

Do a task that nobody else wants to do.  Nobody wants to clean the fridge, but sometimes it needs to be done.  If you take on some of these unpleasant tasks, you will demonstrate that you are a team player.

Listen to them.  How many times have you asked your coworker about their weekend, only to tune them out as soon as they start talking?  We have all been guilty of it from time to time.  Instead, make an effort to listen to them and learn about their lives.  You may find that you have more in common with your coworkers than you realize, or you may even learn something new.

Send a genuine thank you note, or e-mail when one of your coworkers assists you.  It’s nice to know that you are appreciated.  When a coworker helps you out, send them a note to say thanks.

Make a new person feel welcome.  We all know how it feels to be the new person; it’s lonely, and it seems like everyone fits in but you.  Is there a new person at your workplace, or someone who is having trouble getting in with the group?  Make an effort to talk to that person, and invite them to join you for lunch.  Sometimes by making a small effort, you can make a new person feel a lot more welcome.

We are all so busy at work, that we rarely take the time to say thank you to the people who we work with everyday.  It doesn’t take much time to show gratitude, but since so few people do it, it is always appreciated.

(Written by: Karen Bivand)


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