Offer An Expression of Gratitude

Published on September 1st, 2015 by Alan L. Sklover

This week, at work, do something that is . . .
Good for You,
Good for Others,
Costs Nothing,
Is an Undeniable Virtue,
Will Strengthen Your Job Security:

Offer an Expression of Gratitude To At Least One Person

Every few months we remind ourselves – and our friends, readers and Blog Family – that their work lives and careers will likely be made richer, stronger and more secure by one simple – and cost-free – gesture: an expression of gratitude to a co-worker, whether a subordinate, a colleague, a manager or someone else.

Sincere expressions of appreciation are uplifting, encouraging, motivating, and affirming . . . to both the person expressing the gratitude, and the person receiving it.

We all hear (and sometimes make) complaints about co-workers. But how often do we thank or compliment each other? Not nearly enough. There is so much to be grateful for in our colleagues, if you only take a moment to think about it.

And the world sure could use a dose of positivity, solidarity, understanding and appreciation.

Go ahead, give it a try. You’ll be glad you did. It will be good for others, and good for you.

To make it a touch easier for you, we offer a list of “50 Great Expressions of Workplace Appreciation and Gratitude.” As examples, helpfulness, thoughtfulness, extra effort and collaborative spirit. Or, for meetings that were short and effective, a recommendation for a promotion, even covering your shift when family problems arose.

If you can’t find at least one person at work who deserves at least one of our “50 Thank You’s,” then either you need some inner reflection or perhaps even a new job elsewhere. To obtain your copy, just [click here.]

You might also review a newsletter we posted in 2007 entitled “The Surprising Power of Simple Appreciation – A Negotiator’s Secret.” To do so, just [click here.]

There is a lot to appreciate in a lot of our colleagues at work. Why not note it, express your thanks for it, and encourage more of it?

And, Thank You for being a member of our “Blog-Visitor Family.”


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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on August 31st, 2015 by Alan L. Sklover

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“Self-confidence is the most important element of true beauty. ”

– Robert Jones

Whether it is art, science, business, affairs of the heart, legal reasoning, or engineering problems, self-confidence is a magic element that stirs the soul, warms the heart, energizes your efforts, and encourages others to follow in your lead. Where does self-confidence come from? Generally speaking, from having survived experiences that have tried your soul, pierced your heart, knocked you to the ground and made you feel all alone. That is, difficulties, trials and tribulations, having been survived, are the seeds of your success. If you only bear that in mind.

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“No Non-compete? No Stolen Secrets? You are Free.”

Published on August 26th, 2015 by Alan L. Sklover

Question: My husband was recently fired from his job. He never signed a non-compete or a non-solicitation agreement. We decided to start our own business in the same kind of business as his employer was in, because that is what my husband knows best. I own it; he does most of the work. No client list was ever taken or anything like that.

Since we started the business, we gained some of the clients of his former employer. Are we doing anything wrong or illegal? We have not heard from his former boss, but we are concerned that we will.

Ogden, Utah

Answer: Dear Teresa: Simply put, and legally speaking, you seem to be “in the clear.”
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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on August 24th, 2015 by Alan L. Sklover

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“One who runs alone cannot be outrun by another.”

– Ethiopian Proverb

Lelisa Desisa, an Ethiopian, won the 2015 Boston Marathon. Yenane Dhane Tsegay, another Ethiopian runner, came in second in the Marathon. The Ethiopian view is that, when you compete with yourself, and not others, you are most likely to “win the race.” The results seem to speak for themselves. So consider applying this thought each day to the “marathon” that is your work and career.

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“Can my employer reduce benefits without any limit?”

Published on August 19th, 2015 by Alan L. Sklover

Question: About ten days ago, without notice, my employer sent out an email to all employees telling us that, effective immediately, our health insurance will cost us more, our 401k contributions will be cut in half, and if we are laid off, our severance will be eliminated – entirely. These benefits were part of the reason I took this job. Is there any limit on this?

Toms River, New Jersey

Answer: Dear Stanley: In the employment relation – just like in many other relations – there are few legal rules that limit the freedom of the parties to set their own terms and conditions in the relation. Regarding employers and employees, and employment benefits, this is how it goes:
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Alan L. Sklover

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for over 30 years

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