The last track on The Beatles last recorded album (Abbey Road) finished with the lyrics,
“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make”
Simple, straightforward, and a source of inspiration to me anytime I feel a bit lost. Work can be a grind and at time feel quite thankless. If you can take a break and be conscious, truly conscientious of those times, it is very easy to reverse the thinking. Easy to orient yourself to the many reasons our work environments are places worthy of thanks. The best way to feel thankfulness is in giving.
As The Beatles imply: Go give a little love. Let your family, your friends, your coworkers, your team know why you are thankful for them.
If you don’t know how to “give” to your work family, here is a start:
Give them your ear. Listen you fool. Quit talking and just listen.
Give them your time. Make time, clear time, schedule time. Your people want, need and desire your attention and care. Oh and you desire theirs just as much.
Give them your knowledge. You certainly don’t know everything, but don’t be a hoarder of information. Hoarding makes no sense.
Give them the freedom to fail. And fail fast. People typically learn more from their failures than successes.
Give them your budget. Invest in your team, especially in their professional development. Even with budget cuts, fight for their development.
Give them a break. Literally and figuratively. If they mess us, chill out. If they are burned out, let them chill out.
Give them the time to give back. Let your team take a day off and go help others. One day’s worth of pay comes back to the entire organization 100 fold. Really. No really.
The love you take is equal to the love you make….
Happy Thanksgiving from me and FOT.
Dawn Burke, founder/advisor for Dawn Burke HR, is an HR leader, speaker and writer specializing in new HR practices, engagement and workplace culture. Her HR/leadership career has spanned the last 20 years, most recently serving as VP of People for Birmingham, AL’s award-winning technology company, Daxko (And yes, Kris Dunn and Dawn are making Bham the HR capital of the world! Who knew?). You can also check her out at DawnHBurke.com and a variety of other interesting places. Google her, it’ll keep you posted on what she is up to.