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Back in the days of my crazy travel schedule, it was always nice to come back home before it all started up again. (How I miss those days!) Although I have to say that it’s nice to sleep in my own bed – and my cat, Tinkerbell, is quite happy that I’ve been home for awhile now. Simba, our other cat, seems to be okay either way.

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on most of us in some way, shape or form. However, when we consider the blessings that have come from the additional time we have to spend with our loved ones, it almost makes it all worth it.

Whether I’m presenting live or virtual programs on business topics like employee engagement/retention/recognition or covering the generations in the workplace, my programs all have a foundation of gratitude and appreciation. Why? Because unless you can see the good for yourself in your own life – it’s hard to find it in the workplace.

When you can see the benefits of thankfulness for your family, significant others, and everyone else in your personal life, it’s easier to see the good in your bosses, clients, and colleagues in the workplace. It works.

And when employees feel appreciated by their managers, colleagues, and clients, they are more productive, profitable, and a lot nicer to be around. Gratitude and appreciation are NOT soft skills, they are life skills – and we all need them.

Who can you show a little extra appreciation for today?