Just yesterday, twice, in the course of giving legal advice, I caught myself making statements like, “It’s my job to consider the worst possible scenario” or “I have to make certain you are protected if this whole deal goes south.” While I was advising a human resources manager, we both remarked that our jobs are, in some ways, to be jaded: to expect that people aren’t to be trusted, to anticipate people are going to let you down, will break the rules, or will look for ways to get around policies. Our guard is always up.
But with our collective guard always up, we often miss the employees who go the extra mile, the chance to say “Thank you,” and the opportunity to make someone else feel appreciated. If we are always looking for the bad, we will likely fail to see the good that is all around us. So, in this holiday season, when perhaps we all need to reminded of the good a little more than usual, I challenge my fellow human resources professionals, employment lawyers, managers, and employees to take a moment between now and the end of the year and tell your co-workers and employees how much you appreciate them. Tell the receptionist who is always smiling, the co-worker who lends a hand without being asked, the staff who helped arrange the holiday toy drive, the quiet maintenance guy who never fails to get the job done, that they are valued. You will be amazed how much a little appreciation means and how much more you will find yourself smiling.
Thank you for reading my blog this fall. Next year we will tackle new rulings on sick leave requirements, the Affordable Care Act, and many other topics.
But until then, I wish you peace, joy, and wonder this holiday season,