- To have a loving and supportive partner. I couldn’t ask for anyone better or more understanding.
- My parents who are both still alive. They gave me everything and helped to form what I am today.
- To have dear and supportive friends who have helped a lot this past year.
- I am thankful for my many talents – writing, painting, photography, and many others that I am constantly discovering.
- I feel honored and very grateful to be able to surround myself with art.
- Being able to laugh even when the going is rough. The bright side is always there. All I need to do is look for it.
- Seeing wildlife in my backyard, the deer, foxes, birds, squirrels, turtles and numerous others.
- Being able to cook. I love to cook in the kitchen. It doesn’t matter what I make from the lowly pancake to cooking for friends who are coming over, it is an honor to provide people unique and tasty experiences.
- For the seasons from the heat of summer to the falling drift of fresh snow. I am very happy for where I live because of this.
- To have had the opportunity to experience different cultures and be fluent in another language. It has both changed and enriched my life.
Tag Archive for thanks
This is one lesson that I take with me from my current job. I take it with me because while I have received thanks from my co-workers. The IBM management does not feel the need to thank contractors. They say it is for legal reasons or that they do not feel the need to recognize people who have done good work for the company. From my viewpoint, it is a lack of understanding and a lack of respect. It exemplifies minimal people skills and a minimal understanding of team dynamics.
Sometimes, I ask myself, should I expect more? Am I wrong in thinking some simple thanks would be meaningful? I always return to the same answer though. Yes! Damn it! It is important! It is meaningful! The terrible reality is that it isn’t a difficult thing to do. What’s wrong with saying directly to someone, “I really appreciate your efforts.” or “I appreciate your hard work.” or “That was a great idea, and let’s go with it.” It makes a difference for the employee’s happiness and long term viability in a company. I know that I would feel appreciated hearing any of the above.
I can’t say that I have ever heard any of the above phrases from the management at IBM. Even after my current manager took my idea and used it for an international web site for education. Stealing of ideas? Sure we were working for the same company but it’s a little much never to hear, “Great idea, thanks!”
Acknowledgment is so important to people. Not just from your friends and co-workers but also from the management of the company you work for. I do not think any manager should over look it.
Anyway, I am taking this lesson with me to my next job. I’m sure there are managers out there who respect their employees and value their ideas and are willing to recognize them for their efforts. I am also more than willing to thank everyone that has provided me with a helping hand in all my efforts. Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!