The AC is not working!
The System is slow today!
The food did not have any variety!
The associates are not working hard!
They are not finishing the assignments on time!
My daughter is too much on her phone!
My coffee is cold!
That meeting was boring!
This life has no meaning!
Well, I believe that at some point in time in the entire day, we throw a line or two like these. We complain about our life is not perfect and our coffee is not warm enough; that our package is not great or our wardrobe is not fancy enough. We dream of a life so perfect, so complete that we spent every passing moment craving a better moment that will arrive in future… But does that arrive? I doubt.
My perspective towards what I own and the concept of content changed when I heard this sentence said by Jim Carry: “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer…”
That is the clarion call of reality. It is not about a perfect partner or a perfect job or a perfect cup of coffee. It is about the fact that ‘Perfect’ lies in that ever elusive zone of grey shade… like a star above the horizon: beautiful but a lie.
This sense of ‘pursuit’ of perfection affects our workplace. The one who complains is never happy and the one against whom the complaint is feels devalued. It has a direct impact on the productivity. The more we complain, the lesser stands the chance to recognize the effort put in by others. And a poll by Tjinsite, a division of TimeJobs.com, found that more than 35% of the employees consider lack of recognition of work as the biggest hindrance to their productivity.
Dan Caffe is the CEO and co-founder of marketing firm Neutron Interactive. This firm has received the award of “The Best Company to Work for” four times in a span of 7 years. Interestingly, companies in the USA spends 270$ million per year as a budget to appreciate employees and yet the rate of unsatisfied employees are extremely high. Dan has done something more simple. His technique is explained in Robert Half’s engaging survey “Its time we all work happy”
Robert Half concluded 2 ways in which we can engage the employees:
1. Learning Platforms and verbal recognition in team meetings for young employees.
2. Freedom to decide and a role that utilizes their core skill set for senior employees.
However, to start with, Team “Great To Be Grateful“, we want to utilize one powerful tool that will help us establish that human connect in the workplace and raise a whisper of recognition: “Thank You”
This is the note that we created. People working around me will be handed over with this note 🙂
The AC is not working!