As the holiday season approaches, practicing gratitude and being thankful for what you have – family, friends, food, and more – takes center stage. One thing you may not think about being thankful for is your job, and yet, in the current economy and job market, there are many reasons to be thankful for your current role. Let’s take a moment to reflect on some of the reasons you should be thankful for your current job.
According to a recent Gallup survey, 72% of those polled were completely satisfied with their work colleagues and wouldn’t change a thing about them. The emotional weight of the pandemic and the isolation of lockdown has given us a newfound appreciation for coworkers. Whether they sit across from you in a cubicle or across the miles in the windows of a Zoom meeting room, our coworkers and team leaders offer support, encouragement, fulfillment, and friendship.
Speaking of team leaders, having an understanding boss is definitely something to be thankful for. Great bosses provide guidance, leadership, and mentorship. They encourage you to reach for the top through growth and progress. Research shows that team leaders have the most significant impact on company culture as a whole, especially managers. So, if you haven’t thanked your boss for setting high standards and maintaining them themselves, give them some gratitude this holiday season.
Positive Workplace Culture
Whether it’s giving you the flexibility to continue working from home or making the office space more welcoming and inclusive for newcomers and veteran employees, if your workplace culture is positive, be thankful. While some companies have bounced back from the pandemic with regimented structure and unrealistic expectations, others have maintained the flexibility and sense of trust established during that time of upheaval, and their employees have benefited. The companies have benefited, too, since well-rested, stress-free, happy employees are more creative, productive, and likely to stay with the company for years to come.
Meaningful employment has become more important to workers, making the company’s mission and moral compass more influential than ever. If you work for a company that you believe in, that gives you a sense that you’re bettering this world with every day’s work, be grateful for the amazing opportunity to work there.
Stability & Security
In uncertain times like these, nothing is worse than the feeling that your company could leave you in the lurch. A supportive office environment, thorough feedback, clear communication with managers and peers, and considerate health and wellness updates are all things that companies are doing to improve stability and security for their employees. If you’re an employee in this kind of positive workplace, that’s assuredly something to be thankful for.
If you’re still not feeling very thankful for your current role, start your search for a new job with Beacon Staffing!
Take the time this holiday season and reflect on your job and all you have to be thankful for. It’s healthy and productive, and it feels great.