Here in Ontario, Canada, where we at Community Innovation Hub live and work, Thanksgiving is this week-end.
The COVID-19 pandemic makes this a different sort of Thanksgiving for Canada. Health officials and both the federal and provincial governments advise Canadians to keep Thanksgivings gatherings small and limited to immediate family, using Zoom to connect with other loved ones. If possible, gatherings should be outdoors with precautions taken to protect people against the spread of infection. At least one medical expert suggests that college and university students studying on campus don’t come home for Thanksgiving. More details
In times when change happens very quickly and affects even holidays that are important to us, sometimes it’s difficult to feel thankful. The benefits of striving to cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” in your personal life are backed up by science and university research. Did you know that responding to your life and people in it with gratitude helps you in your professional life as well?
Here at the Community Innovation Hub, we focus on entrepreneurship that gives back to our communities and makes them better places for everyone to live, and an attitude of gratitude in business dealings (whether your community of faith is looking to become a hub, or to start a social enterprise, or to do a combination of both!) serves you well as you work to meet your business goals. Forbes’ article profiling 10 entrepreneurs who prioritize expressing gratitude in their business life (and how it changed them) shows the power of an attitude of gratitude in business:
- Employees that give you their best work and that stay with you longer
- A work experience that holds good memories for your staff
- Lasting, productive professional relationships
- More confident, efficient, employees that build better relationships with clients.
- Higher emotional intelligence among team members
- A staff that feels empowered to be leaders themselves.
Who knew that gratitude could be so powerful?
Your Grateful Life
This Thanksgiving, whatever your celebration looks like and whatever you do for a living, consider how you can harness the power of gratitude in your work on a daily basis. You might:
- Set aside some time each day to write a note to an employee or co-worker, letting them know how much you appreciate their work and thanking them for doing such a good job.
- Express gratitude in some way (a shout-out on social media, a referral, a public acknowledgement, a phone call or email, etc.) to someone involved with your work who taught you something that will benefit many – someone who uses your services, a supplier, a contractor, your lawyer or accountant…
- Take time for a face-to-face conversation with someone who uses your services. Really listen to what they have to say about what you do, and make sure that they feel heard and taken seriously.
- Start staff meetings by asking people what they’re grateful for, or start a staff Gratitude Log and encourage people to contribute to it frequently.
- Keep your own workplace Gratitude Journal – write three things for which you’re grateful every day before you start work, to get the day off to a good start!
Pick one of these suggestions and implement them after Thanksgiving…and let us know how it goes!
There will be no gathering for October, but we’re cooking up something for November…stay tuned!
We are thankful for all of you, and hope you have a joyous Thanksgiving!
Carla, Peter, and Sarah