2016 has been interesting to say the least, but you have enough time to make the most of it, and even get a head start! As the year comes to a close, don’t abandon all you’ve worked to build.
Check in on those resolutions
According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolution. If you’re part of the 92% who didn’t, it’s not too late. Revisit your resolutions and fulfill them before you begin your next set!
With the holidays coming, now is your chance to get everything in order. You’re bound to have visitors and tons of new goodies. Tidy up now and donate things that you no longer use. You’ll feel less overwhelmed once the chaos dies down.
Plenty of organizations need attention this holiday season. Charitable giving makes a big increase during the holiday months, but that’s not always true for smaller organizations or niche causes. Collect donations and volunteer for causes that may be less popular. This is especially true for team-based volunteering. Team holiday service opportunities can be booked well before November. However you choose to volunteer, be sure to give the organization plenty of notice so they can be prepared to meet you or accept your donations. Then, carry this habit with you into the new year!
While reports of how much weight we actually gain during the holiday season differ, it doesn’t hurt to try and remain active during this busy time. Do jumping jacks during the commercial breaks of your favorite holiday specials, push-ups in between wrapping each present, nightly walks with those you love.
This is an exciting time! Don’t stress over parking spots or last-minute year-end to-dos (even this list).
Enjoy the season and get stoked for the new year!
Thanks to the partnerships we have with business customers and community non-profits, we’ve been able to give back in many ways this year. We’re celebrating those opportunities and encourage all those around us to do the same as we approach Giving Tuesday! Journey through our 2016 Year of Giving to see a few of the ways that we’ve been fortunate enough to give back.
The season of gratitude is before us. While we list things like our family and friends as what we are most grateful for, our workplaces often go forgotten. Only 10% of people say thank you to their colleagues on any given day, and 60% of people never express gratitude at work.
We seem to have a complicated relationship with gratitude. A Templeton survey found that 35% percent of respondents believed that expressing any gratitude could lead coworkers to take advantage of them. Yet, 70% would feel better about themselves and their work if they were thanked more regularly.
It’s up to you to start a gratitude revolution. Expressing thanks to your coworkers does not make you look weak, it makes you look like a leader. You are empowering those around you, and creating a better workplace.
Check out our tips for spreading gratitude.
For your Boss…
On a daily basis, only 7% express gratitude to their boss. And 74% never or rarely express gratitude to their boss at all. Your boss does a lot of hard work with little thanks, here are a few ways to thank your boss:
- Rally your team together and have them sign a heartfelt card. You don’t have to wait for their Birthday or Bosses Day, sometimes a pleasant surprise makes it even better.
- Bring them their favorite Starbucks order, and give them a sincere “thank you” when you deliver it.
- Arrange a potluck lunch with your team to celebrate your boss. Sit and eat together family style. Have everyone propose a toast or say something kind about the boss.
For your teammates…
- Coffee and Donuts are a classic. Bring them in and sincerely thank your teammates for all of their hard work.
- Praise their work during team meetings and graciously thank them.
- Take a coworker out to lunch one on one to celebrate an accomplishment or thank them for their help.
However you show gratitude, deliver it with sincerity and authenticity. Don’t go overboard, thanking for every single little thing, or go on autopilot, mindlessly tossing “thanks” around. Make it timely and sincere. Once you start showing gratitude, you will create a chain reaction, and giving thanks will spread like wildfire.
Poor Mondays … they welcome us into a new week and in return, we curse them as the worst day of the week. Here’s how to give Monday the love it deserves so it can love you right back. Need more convincing that today can be your best day ever? Check out our WHITE PAPER.