During the holiday season, tensions can be high with impending year-end deadlines. Given the fact that you spend more than half your week with coworkers, it’s important to treat each other with respect and gratefulness. Notice each other’s contributions, however large or small; and show your appreciation. Even difficult people respond well to genuine encouragement and appreciation. It is safe to assume when you feel as if you are pulling the entire weight, others presume the same about themselves. Note something a coworker is contributing, focus on that, and sincerely thank him or her either publicly or privately.
The spoken word is a powerful tool but often we fail to leverage it. Say thank you – out loud. We assume others know what we are thinking, so we neglect saying it. This assumption is costly, both in and out of the office. Don’t assume anything. A little goes a long way with sincere appreciation. What may seem like a passing comment to you could change another’s outlook on any given day.
Sometimes the greatest gifts can be the smallest. A great way to show appreciation is by simply leaving a handwritten note on a coworker’s desk. Just a short “Thanks for all you do!” is all it takes.
Suggest going to lunch. Investing your lunch time with coworkers – getting to know a few things about their lives you didn’t know before – shows genuine interest in them and in the contribution they make. New insight into their lives may help you understand more about how they operate for future collaboration.
Take a few extra minutes one morning and pick up donuts or breakfast tacos for the office. It doesn’t have to be expensive; it’s the thought that counts. Though it requires minimal extra time, effort, or cost, bringing breakfast shows your commitment to the team and the value you place in those with whom you work.