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Expressing Gratitude to Your Coworkers
Expressing Gratitude to Your Employer
SCS e-xpressNov/Dec 2013

happy holidaysA Message from Sarah & Chris:


The theme of this holiday issue is "expressing gratitude in the workplace."

The holiday season is a wonderful time to give thanks for life's blessings.  And here's an added bonus - expressing gratitude can actually lead to a happier, healthier life.  We tend to focus on family and friends during this special time, but we should not forget to thank those with whom we spend so much time each workday  throughout the year - our bosses and co-workers.  Now is a great time to express appreciation and  gratitude towards your "workplace family."


We hope you enjoy our free SCS e-newsletter.  Please send us your ideas and suggestions for future issues.  

SCS wishes each of you a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
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Today's Quotes

"Sharing the holiday with other people,  and feeling that you're giving of yourself, gets you past all the commercialism." 

     -  Caroline Kennedy

Today's Laugh

What do you call a bunch of grandmasters of chess bragging about their games in a hotel lobby? 

Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer! 


What do you call a cat on the beach at Christmastime? 

Sandy Claws!


Expressing Gratitude to Your Coworkers

Taking a few minutes to thank a coworker can be very rewarding for both you and the coworker.  There are many ways to express gratitude that don't cost money.  You can give the person a hand-written thank you note, send an email, or tell them in person.  Try to avoid giving a quick "drive-by" thank you - take the time to make it count.  To make a thank you more meaningful, be specific about what you appreciate most about the person, what special  qualities they have, or how they helped you. 


Here are some examples you can follow: 

"Thank you so much for always getting your work to me before the deadline.  You make my job much more manageable and enjoyable."

"I really appreciate your positive attitude and willingness to help me and others when needed.  You always jump right in and seem to know exactly what needs to be done to keep us on track to meet our deadlines."

"I appreciate you covering my phone the day my dog died.  I know it seemed like a trivial thing, but I was having trouble coping that day.  You allowed me quietly go about my work without having to talk to anyone.  Your thoughtfulness meant a lot to me."


If the person went the extra mile for you or someone else at work, an email to the person with a copy to his or her manager can be very effective.  You can also bring in snacks or home-made treats accompanied by a thank you note. 


Since it's the holiday season, consider giving out holiday cards to each coworker.  Write a sentence or two inside each one, thanking the person for their help or letting them know how you appreciate his or her unique qualities.  As you start the new year, make a habit of expressing gratitude more often.  Need a little help?  Click here to review 7 Habits of Grateful People.



Expressing Gratitude to Your Employer


When times are busy and stressful, we can be guilty of viewing the workplace as a source of stress and too much work.  It is sometimes easy to forget how lucky we are to enjoy gainful employment, a regular paycheck, and the security of knowing we work in a safe and healthy environment.  These are benefits for which we should truly be grateful. 


In order to provide us with steady income and a pleasant work environment, our employers take risks.  We often take for granted the efforts that employers put forth to ensure stability of the firms for which we work.  They sometimes have to make tough choices. They may forego their own paychecks to ensure that everyone else gets paid.  These things often happen behind the scenes and go unnoticed by employees.  


Make a special effort this holiday season to thank your employer (or your manager) for the risks taken and sacrifices made on your behalf. 

Click here to read how one employee re-wrote "The 12 Days of Christmas" in honor of her employer.





At SCS, we are truly grateful for YOU - our customers, business associates, and newsletter subscribers.  Your loyalty, referrals, and suggestions throughout the year make our jobs very rewarding.  We look forward to another year of working together with you to bring best practices and ideas for success into your office.  


In honor of all those who support SCS, we "pay it forward" throughout the year by supporting homeless shelters, missions, educational efforts for children, local cultural events, and other meaningful causes.  We hope you will take time to pay it forward also! 


There are also many opportunities to participate in charitable events throughout the year.  Around the holiday season, many firms participate in toy drives for children or food drives for the homeless.   Paying it forward by participating in such events can provide great personal satisfaction, teambuilding, and help increase employee and customer loyalty.  It also shows commitment to the community and can provide valuable recognition and publicity opportunities for your firm.   

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