As this year comes to a close; I reflect on my year and the things that have happened.  I would just like to express my gratitude;  I am so incredibly blessed to do what I do.

I am so grateful that I get to work with an amazing group of people who have taught me so much!  They are forever patient with me, listen to me (even when I don’t make sense), encourage and support me.  I have a very wide job description that ranges from banking to filing and graphic design to marketing!  Certainly not monotonous; I never get bored!my gratitute_colleagues1

I am also grateful that I get to work from home most of the time; this means so much to me because I grew up on a farm in Africa where I watched my parents work from our home all the time.  I believe this contributed a good proportion of the work ethic I have today.  My children have got to watch me work from home.

We converted our garage into an office for me – the best decision ever!  I love my office and I’m so grateful for it.  This all would not be possible without the support of my family, friends and colleagues who have all inspired me and help me become the best version of me. (so far – still working on that)

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I am also incredibly grateful for all of you who read our blogs, especially the ones that I write!

I believe gratitude is an important tribute to practice on a regular basis; no matter what your role in life – it is important that you recognise what you have and what others do for you.  Does this have anything to do with Employee Engagement?  Well, here at Emenex, Employee Engagement isn’t something to merely focus on once a year in a review or when the company runs a ‘survey’ or even in an employee engagement workshop. Building a dedicated and motivated team takes good leadership and staff development on a daily basis.  Recognition is key to employee morale.  Developing a sense of how to show gratitude is a leadership key!  Philosopher John Dewey said that the biggest urge that all humans feel is the “desire to be important.”  So, recognising your employee makes them feel valued.  Expressing your gratitude goes a long way to get employees engaged. You might not think it means much, but not saying a quick, genuine thank you every now and again can do more damage than you can imagine.

In today’s materialistic culture, it can be easy to lose sight of what really matters.  What is the opposite of gratitude? According to gratitude expert Robert Emmons;  “Gratitude helps us see that we are the recipients of much more than we are entitled do; an attitude of entitlement says it’s never enough.”

Where do you think you fall on the gratitude / entitlement scale?

I hope that all of your wishes are fulfilled in the days, months and years to come; but most of all I hope that you remember to be grateful for all that you have.

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