A couple of weeks ago, TeamBonding worked at one of our favorites hotels in Boston.
Due to the configuration of the room, I needed to make some physical changes to the lay out.
The hotel staff, in particular one person, was wonderful. Helpful, funny, accommodating. Laughed at my jokes and made his own. He had this outlook on life that was simple, positive and infectious. His attitude to his work and those around him had an effect in that room. It inspired me and the way I wanted to facilitate that day.
The program was a success and I left determined to write a thank you.
Which I did not do. Can you believe it?
I know he didn’t act in that fashion to receive compliments. He didn’t need that, as there was no ego at play. He was genuinely a happy person.
I thought about my failing to send a thank you, all the excuses; I was busy, I was travelling, nobody was relying on an email from me. In truth it was simple, I took his service granted. He was just being himself, so he didn’t need praise for that.
How easy it is to accept that someone who is happy and delivering a great job, is just that. Always happy and good at what they do. What if they are really working hard to do that? We have all had days when we just don’t feel like it. When we are tired or consumed with other thoughts and we do not want to make that conference call, or go to that meeting, yet we do. When you know we are “phoning it in” rather than being fully aware and present. Yet we all know the difference between the two. How a simple shift of focus can elevate our work.
Why not do that every day? There are people who do. There are people who you expect them to do just that. Inspirational leaders, world leaders, surgeons – who wants a surgeon who isn’t focused?
Yet, look at those who are in positions that you do not expect such attention from.
I remember two centuries ago, I was a receptionist. There was a terrible storm happening and I had left home extra early to get into work. Instead of thirty minutes, it took me two hours. I was surprised how many people phoned me to say they couldn’t get in and requested what work I could do for them. Not one person asked how I had managed to get in. I was just always there, as if by magic – and not public transport.
So, do not overlook those around you who are constantly working hard. Who smile and wish you a good day. Who take the extra mile, to go an extra mile, just because they know they want to. They do not expect or want or need anything. They just want to have a good life. We can spend our time trying to manage those who are not doing a good job – what about recognizing those who are?
Celebrating a successful team is as beneficial as team building with a difficult team. Some of those positions that are truly supporting your company are not those with incentives, shares or commissions. Take a look and notice where the positive energy in your company is generating from. Stop to say thank you.
There are little things that people do that can cause us to scream in our heads – “Oh My God, Oh My God, Oh My God, will you stop PLEASE!” – but the annoyances are usually so trivial that no one ever really shares their frustration out loud…at least not until it’s too late to sound rational. (more…)
The workplace can be stressful at times and it’s important for employees to step outside the office to recharge. With summer generally considered to be a more carefree time, it’s a perfect season to host a company outing. Summer outings can be entertaining, but also establish a more interactive and positive workplace. Summer is right around the corner, and this is a great time to consider your outing plans! Find out how to get a jump start on planning your summer outings for companies below!
Spring is right around the corner, and with it comes chocolate bunnies and egg hunts. But why should the kids have all the fun? A corporate scavenger hunt is easy to set up and can range from a simple list of things you have around the office, to very elaborate and creative endeavors. The person or team with the most points wins! Here are seven simple tips for making your own DIY office scavenger hunt!
As a business owner and employer, it is your job to map out a cybersecurity plan and make sure your employees understand and follow the protocols. Additionally, it is your job to screen all employees and figure out which positions have the most access to sensitive information, and in turn, pose the biggest threat to the company.
Although many companies believe the biggest cybersecurity threat is external, internal employees and can pose just as big of a threat. In fact, because they have such open access to the company’s most important data, they can actually pose a much bigger threat.
In the past 12 months, 50% of small businesses have experienced a security breach through a cyberattack. A small business cyberattack is defined as the alteration of a computer’s data, coding, or logic through the use of malicious code, which can lead to other cybercrimes like identity theft, fraud, and more.
Here’s the thing about haunted houses: only about half of the fright-factor comes from the actual jump scares. The rest of the fear, the adrenaline rush and the excitement that makes your hands shake and your heart races, starts in line before you even get into the room. The anticipation of the scare is almost as powerful as the event itself.
“A gossip is someone with a great sense of rumor” -Unknown
The end of April brings with it Earth Day, a day in which we focus on the environmental and ecological impact of the things we do in our day lives. This year’s Earth Day falls on Friday, April 22, and offers a great opportunity to bring your workplace together in the name of a greener future.
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