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Have You Thanked Your Coworkers Lately?

Have You Thanked Your Coworkers Lately?

by Frank Roche on November 25, 2009

in KnowHR

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, KnowHR is taking a twist today on the typical around-the-table discussion question: “What are you thankful for?”

We asked Philadelphia area workers to recall a time at work when coworkers showed them appreciation or gratitude. Check out their most memorable at-work moments, then feel free to share your own. (We promise we won’t make you give a toast, too.)

With flowers
“It’s one thing to get flowers for your birthday, but it’s Thanksgiving you just don’t think about sending flowers to people, so it was something different,” said Wendy, a 54-year-old analyst.

With gas cards
Khalil, a 35-year-old doorman, said that during the SEPTA strike, he organized a carpool to pick up coworkers and bring them to work. To show their thanks, a lot of them gave him their own gas cards they had received during the strike. “They didn’t have to do that, they could have given them to their friends and family. When you do good, it comes back.”

With a bottle of Dom Perignon
“In an extreme situation, I did get a bottle of Dom Perignon when I signed on for my first job in business consulting,” said Eric, 33, who now works as a director of technology.

With group meals
“They’re having Thanksgiving dinner for us and they’re having raffles,” said Terry, 54, a compression operator who will be working on Thanksgiving. “You always need a pat on the back somehow.”

With money
“My boss really appreciated some of the programs I set up this year, so he actually just gave me a really nice bonus and a significant raise,” said Rod, 47, a safety manager.

With food
“We treat each other to lunch or breakfast,” said William, 50, a construction site officer. “They give me a lot of love and respect. We’re all one big happy family on the site.”

With praise
“It’s really hard to say because both of my bosses thank me all the time for work that I do,” said Elizabeth, 39, a secretary. “It does make me feel good,” Elizabeth added. “Being a secretary is normally a thankless job.”

Have you thanked your coworkers today? When you notice the little things at work, others do, too.

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