4 Ways to Show Gratitude In the Workplace

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Posted August 20, 2014 by Hillary Wright in On the Ladder
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As millennials, we are often labeled as entitled, narcissistic young people who want everything handed to them on a silver platter. Though we’re pounding the pavement armed with our college degrees, critiqued resumes and a knowledge of the latest forms of technology, the fact that we were born a generation later than the baby boomers automatically puts potential employers on alert. However, I have found that displaying a certain quality can counteract and erase that stereotypical persona of millennials: Gratitude.

Here are four ways to show gratitude at work:

  1. Send a thank you note: Ahh.. the classic. Every time I visit TJ Maxx, I pick up a few packages of decorated thank you cards so that I keep a nice selection around when I need them. Whether a connection took the time to give you a good reference, write a recommendation letter, or connect you with one of their contacts, you should always take the time to write out a thank you note thanking them for the gesture, and always, always, always, send a thank you note after an interview. It really does make all the difference.
  2. Show Up to Office Functions: My office is involved in various organizations in the community and we try to support each other efforts as much as possible. I’ve attended charity events, awards ceremonies, and even office dinner parties among other outings. While you may not be able to participate in everything that happens in your workplace, being involved in as many events as possible shows that you care about your place of employment, its reputation and appreciate your position there.
  3. Don’t neglect your boss or your employees: There is a Boss’s Day and an Administrative Professionals Day for a reason. Though you don’t have to recognize that day, doing something nice for your boss or the employees who work for you every once in a while is remembered. Whether it’s taking them to lunch or buying them a shiny new set of pins, remembering the person who signs your check or types your letters is a nice gesture that won’t go unnoticed.
  4. Help someone else: Trust me, the next set or two of graduates after you will need helping hand in the land of networking, or perhaps someone you went to college with needs a recommendation. Or you may be a pertinent connection for a former workmate. Chances are, you probably found the job you have now through a friend of a friend. Just don’t forget about everyone else. You were once (or maybe you still are) in their shoes. Lend a helping hand when you in the capacity to do so.


About the Author

Hillary Wright

Hillary C. Wright is a legal assistant the law firm of Mattingly & Nally-Martin, PLLC in Lebanon, Kentucky. She is also a freelance writer who has written for several publications including Glass Heel. Hillary graduated from Campbellsville University in 2010 with a bachelor of science in Mass Communications (Public Relations emphasis) and a 2nd major in English. She writes about career advice and women and gender issues. She lives in Springfield, Kentucky. You can contact her at hcamillewright@gmail.com or on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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