When you read “love in the workplace”, don’t get me wrong. I am NOT a fan of workplace romances. Although, I have a good friend who met her husband at work and they are happily married nearly 20 years now… Workplace romances are complicated and can be damaging to a good career. Rather, when I reference “love in the workplace”, I’m referring to expressing love and appreciation for your co-workers and boss.
As an employee, you may want your boss to express gratitude to you for the cool things you’re doing at work. I get it, I’m a big fan of being recognized too. But, how are you doing with expressing gratitude to those that you work along side of and to your boss? If you’re not expressing gratitude to them, then how can you expect thanks back from them?
Here are some examples of how you can appropriately express “love” in the workplace:
- Write heart felt thank you notes.
- Be specific in your gratitude.
- Be sensitive to how someone wants to be thanked – not everyone wants public praise.
- Be consistent with expressing gratitude.
- Small gift or token of appreciation.
No matter what you’re doing to express gratitude, keep in mind that it’s always a good idea to be specific in your praise and appreciation. Think of yourself and your desire to be appreciated for something, doesn’t it feel better when your told “Thank you for organizing the project board and getting us all better organized and directed.” versus hearing “Thanks.” As much as your like to hear specific appreciation, make sure you’re sharing specific appreciation to others too.
How do you like to show your thanks to your boss and to your co-workers? Add your comments below – thank you in advance! 😉