Appreciation for the year that was…
You only have to listen to people in the lunch room or in the toilets to find out how much people complain about work. What do they say? They complain about managers who don’t communicate well, demanding customers, change fatigue, restructuring, the weather, or simply the office environment itself. No wonder the energy in some workplaces is so low.
If you work for yourself – its even worse as the complaining is only in your head and sometimes deceptive in that it personifies as your truth. It is not.
I go to a lot of workplaces to deliver training and I have the blessing of a fresh set of eyes (and ears) so it is more obvious to me.
So how do you turn around a mammoth thing like complaining when it has perhaps become an ingrained cultural norm in the workplace?
Simply start with appreciation
- Instead of focusing on what’s not working focus on what has and is working
- Start an appreciation board or journal of all the things every day that have gone well.
- Send out a email to the office saying – thanks for this or that or for no reason at all just thanks.
What do I appreciate about my team and my one up and have I told them this?
What have I done this year that was courageous but I did it anyway?