As everyone is busy giving thanks at this wonderful time of year, I wanted to get in on the action. And although there’s always the old adage, “nice guys finish last”, when it comes to running a business, I beg to differ. In fact, I would go so far as to say that creating a culture of gratitude within your organization results in a win-win-win scenario for everyone involved – employees, customers and business owners alike.
This might seem like common sense to many of us, but according to research, it’s not as commonplace as you’d think. Across a number of surveys related to this topic, roughly fifty-percent of all employees feel they are not appreciated at work. And when you take a closer look at the half of the workforce that shares this sentiment, you see their elevated levels of discontentment and disengagement, which quickly translate into a lack of productivity and leads to their looking for work elsewhere.
How does this affect your customer relationships if your employees are not motivated to put forth their best work or effort? I think we all know the answer to this question. So why is it so hard for employers to say “thank you”? My explanation; it’s not. As busy as life and work can get, we should never be too busy to a show appreciation for those who work for us, with us and those we work for. And not just at Thanksgiving, but every day throughout the year.
So, if I haven’t said it enough, “thank you” to the hard-working employees at Trefoil Group, to our fantastic clients who inspire us every day and to our supportive partners throughout the world. Without you, this business would not be possible … nor would it be nearly as much fun!
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving,
CEO – Trefoil Group