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VOL. 130 | NO. 230 | Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Angela Copeland

Give Thanks at Work

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The holiday season is a fantastic time to reconnect with friends and loved ones. But, the importance of thanking those around you at work should not be overlooked at Thanksgiving or through the rest of the year.

When you’re searching for a new job, success is rarely achieved based on your merit alone. As we all know, applying online rarely gets you anywhere – no matter how smart you may be. Interviews are typically lined up through networking connections. Whether it’s a friend of the family, an old colleague or a college professor, chances are that someone helped you to land your last job.

Even at your current workplace, connections are important. Your boss and co-workers are often responsible for things as small as a presentation going well and as large as an annual pay increase or performance bonus.

The question for the future becomes, who will help you to find your next job? Who will help you to get your next pay raise? Just like your previous job or raises, there will be others helping you.

Because of this, it is even more important than usual to thank those who put out a helping hand for you. It recognizes them and ensures they will want to help you again in the future.

In the case of my own business, there are countless individuals who have helped me behind the scenes with things like my podcast, my website and my YouTube videos. I’ve learned many new skills over the past two years that would not have been possible without the generosity of others, and for that I’m thankful.

The good thing about giving thanks is that it’s not expensive. It just takes a little time. The simplest way to say thanks is to send an e-mail or call. For something more formal, a small, handwritten thank-you note will do the trick.

If you’re low on funds but still want to do something a little extra, consider giving a gift card to a local coffee house, a bottle of wine, or some home-baked cookies. If you are able to spend a little more, look into a gift card at a local restaurant near the recipient’s home.

As the receiver of a few thank-you cards lately, I can certainly say that it always impresses me when someone takes the time to handwrite a note, giving their thanks and sending their appreciation.

If you are actively looking for a job or if you recently switched jobs, be sure to drop in your latest business card. It will ensure the recipient has your most up-to-date contact information.

Beyond just saying thank you, take the time to do a favor in return for those who have helped you. Tell others about the great people you work with. Promote those who promote you in return.

And, thank you to all the readers who have written in to me over the years. I appreciate your kind words and I hope you have the happiest of holidays.

Angela Copeland is CEO and founder of Copeland Coaching and can be reached at CopelandCoaching.com.

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