On Thanksgiving

By the time you read this, Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday will have passed.

Except for retailers, this is generally the time of year when many businesses are slowing down, wrapping things up and preparing for the next calendar year.

Some companies remain busy, working hard to close every possible sale, collect every outstanding dollar and end the year on a high note in preparation for the New Year coming up.

Whatever your thinking might be about the last few weeks of the year, take a step back, take a deep breath and be thankful for what you have and do.

There is much to be grateful for, although it may not seem readily apparent.

People in business have a bad habit of taking many things for granted. Perhaps we have become so far so fast in our entitlement attitudes that we have forgotten just how much we truly have to be genuinely grateful for on a daily basis.

If you are working somewhere, simply be grateful for…

… Our spouses, significant others and family members who understand the demands of being employed. Having a job might mean arriving early in the morning, staying late, enduring a long commute, or having to work at all hours of the night and day as well as weekends and holidays. Work can be physically and mentally demanding; it might require out of town travel and perhaps long trips that might mean missing important family events.

… Our employer who meets payroll obligations on a regular basis. If you work for a company that pays you a paycheck, whether you work part time or full time, whether you are paid by commission, hourly or salaried, give thanks to that company for paying you the money that puts a roof over your head, food in your refrigerator and makes sure the lights stay on so you can watch television at night when you come home and on long weekends like this one.

… Our employer who pays withholding taxes along with Medicare and Social Security contributions. Be thankful that your company hands you a check or makes that direct deposit on your behalf.

… The bank where your paycheck is drawn upon. They have been a good vendor to the company that pays employs you.

… Clients and customers. Most companies have a client or customer or two that aren’t very nice to deal with. However, those folks pay their bills and those payments keep the company running.

It means that you have a place to go to work (a physical place). It means that the lights, heat, air conditioning, computers, coffee maker, refrigerator and phones work. It means that you have office supplies and tools to help you do your work. It means a clean restroom to use and a place to eat lunch.

The company also pays suppliers for goods and services. Everyone needs to recognize the value of how those partners have worked with your employer on deliveries, billing and other special needs. Something as a simple pen that you write with came from the office supplies cabinet can be traced back to the efforts of many people. For those efforts, we should all be grateful.

Everyone should thank the others that are on their “team.” Yes, there are some people who are not pleasant to deal with and there are others who probably aren’t as productive as they could be, but by and large, those that we work with share our common goal and we should be grateful we are able to work side by side each day with them.

If you don’t want to be thankful for having others to work with, consider those that are out of work. Being out of work not only means not having a team to work with, but no paycheck to pay bills.

No employer is perfect, each of us likely has something we would like to see changed somehow.

But this Thanksgiving weekend, we should all be grateful for what we have.