Connie’s Corner – “Giving Thanks”

Dear Connie: I have a co-worker who has been so helpful to me during a difficult time in my life.  How do I thank her? 

Dear Thankful: Life would be so much harder without the kindness of other people.  This is so true in our work life.  During this Thanksgiving Season take the time to tell the people who have helped you get to where we are in your career Thank You.

When a co-worker lends you a hand to keep you going during a difficult time you want to let them know you recognized their kindness.  One thing you can do is be sure that you take back all of your responsibilities as soon as possible.  Be sure and say, “Thanks for all of your help.  I really appreciate it.”  It is important to acknowledge the efforts of your co-workers who assist you.

This is also a good time to stop and make a phone call or send a note to present and past acquaintances that have helped you advance and mature in your work life.  Think of the coach who taught you the meaning of teamwork, or the teacher who taught you how to make and execute a plan.  How about showing your gratitude to the person who helped you learn concepts that were difficult for you to comprehend or the person who inspired you to study in the area you are now working?

Think of all of the people who have mentored you during the years you have been acquiring your skills.  Let those people know how they impacted your life and how their help assisted you in advancing in your career.

You would not be as smart or as wise as you are today without the kindness of others.  Express your gratitude to the people who have helped you in your career.  Remember to extend the same kindness to others and maybe one day soon you will receive a note of appreciation.

Connie Humphreys is the Career Development Manager with Nashville Career Advancement Center serving Davidson County.  E-mail your question ConniesCorner@Nashville.gov. 

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