By Carrie S Ahmad, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Vice President, People, Turning the Corner, LLC
I have found myself recently wondering where our sense of gratitude has gone. Nothing is absolutely perfect. To live in contentment is to be grateful for what you have, for the good in life, and to know that challenges are part of our journey. Challenges make us stronger, wiser, and better. That’s a blog for another day. Today, I want to focus on gratitude.
You Want It All!
In the last few weeks I’ve heard from several people who were frustrated that a job wasn’t providing everything they wanted. They had great benefits and were paid well but they wanted a gym membership to be covered. They had work that excited and challenged them but their team didn’t work at the same pace and it was irritating. And the stories go on and on.
Ask Yourself: What do I really Enjoy?
I challenge you to look at your work differently. Think about what you enjoy. Do you work with a team of smart, fun, and/or focused people? Are you paid well for what you do? Do you have a boss who mentors, challenges, and appreciates you? Do you have benefits that ease the strain of providing medical care for your family? Is your commute filled with inspiring scenery – the foothills, the Flatirons, the open spaces? We are surrounded by so much beauty in Colorado, do you take it in as you are driving to work?
Think about your core values, what you most want and need in a job. Does your current job meet most of your needs? If yes, then be grateful!
From the Business Side
Businesses struggle with the same gratitude issue. Executives and managers tell me their business is growing and they are finding success, but their employees cause them too much pain and frustration. When you are working at 50,000 feet and can see the big picture, it’s easy to lose sight of what your people in the trenches are doing and what they are experiencing on a daily basis. They are often challenged in not receiving communication from the top; living paycheck to paycheck; supporting young children and elderly parents.
As a business leader, I encourage you to take a few moments to think about life from the perspective of your employees. How can you better support them? It’s incredible how loyal people will be and how hard they will work when they feel they have managers who care about and support them.
I also encourage executive and managers to think about what you do like about your team. Do you have employees who believe in your mission? Do you have employees who work hard and get results for your business? Do you have employees who make you better? If yes, then be grateful!
Change your Attitude to Gratitude
Let’s begin a shift in our thinking! I’ll get us started. I am deeply grateful. I have the opportunity to work with a team of the most inspired, passionate people I’ve ever known. Their commitment to our clients and to Turning the Corner challenges me daily to be a better person and a better leader. I work for a woman who had the courage to see and speak aloud how business could be done differently, and who created a business to teach this to others. She inspires me every day to challenge the status quo and do the best thing for our clients. I have a husband who after 14 years still makes my heart beat fast and makes me laugh. And I have a young son who never ceases to astonish me with the person he is becoming – kind, compassionate and a true leader.
There are tough moments in every day, but when we stop and center ourselves in gratitude, we see the moment for what it is, only a moment, surrounded by many moments that make up a lifetime. And I want to make my lifetime to one in which I can look back and see all that I have to be thankful for; not one in which I felt like what I had was never enough.
We live in an amazing country where we have opportunity and resources. We are all deeply blessed.
What are you grateful for today?
Carrie Ahmad, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Carrie is Turning the Corner’s VP of People. She has been advocating for the success of businesses and their employees for over 19 years, supporting start-ups, small businesses and large corporations. She holds certifications as both a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from HRCI and Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) from the Society for Human Resource Management. She is an officer on the board of BAHRA (Boulder Area HR Association). In her “spare” time she is a graduate student at the University of Denver, studying Leadership & Organizations. And though she is a Colorado transplant (moving here in 2010), she lives the Colorado lifestyle to it’s fullest, enjoying the outdoors through hikes, walks, camping, and biking, all in the wonderful company of her husband, son, and dog.