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End the Year on a Grateful, Not Hateful, Note

End the Year on a Grateful, Not Hateful, Note
From Recruiter - December 21, 2016

Lets be honest: 2016 has been a heavy year. For starters, we lost several admired cultural icons (David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, and Sharon Jones, to name just a few). We also experienced what is widely regarded as one of the most contentious and divisive elections in history.

No matter what political side you found yourself on, you would have to agree that the negativity has seeped into even our most sacred spaces and taken an emotional toll on most Americans.

Take a look at social media networks, which have morphed from safe places to exchange experiences and pleasantries into cesspools of anger and vitriol. Our relationships have been strained. Turn on any news channel, and you can practically feel the toxicity pour into your living room. Attend a local debate or any kind of gathering to see just how fractured our communities have become.

We now find ourselves ina holiday season meant to help us reflect, recharge, and celebrate new beginnings. We kicked things off with Thanksgivingmy favorite holiday, because it revolves around the granddaddy of all meals, and more importantly, offers a time when we can reconnect with loved ones and express our gratitude for our family, friendships, health, and freedom. Today is the Winter Solstice, and Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa are right around the corner. All of these holidays offer us the opportunity to reconnect spiritually and experience the magic of giving.

Finally, we end our holiday season with New Years Day, a time when we can reset our dreams and create goals designed to take us to new and exciting places.

We have the next two weeks to let gratitude, giving, and goals guide us back to feeling like human beings again. This is a noble opportunity. Lets not waste it. We can use this focus at home and at work.

My company, Waggl, offers a solution designed to help organizations pulse questions and create two-way dialogues with their employees. We are fortunate to have the opportunity each and every day to learn from our customers, who value their employees as their most important stakeholders and are actively and transparently managing their organizations to create amazing workplaces.

Think of a Work Experience That Made You Feel Grateful

Waggl utilizes short questions (pulses) that you send out to employees. Last week, one of our clients offered a simple and actionable question to help set a positive and impactful tone in their workplace:

Think of a time when you experienced an interaction with a colleague or client that made you feel grateful to be part of the family. Please share your story.



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