We are so proud of our independence and should be. There were many lives lost during the wars and over the years by our military personnel to keep the freedoms that came with that independence. We need to be thankful for all that others have given up for us. This made me start thinking about our dependence.
We depend on other people every day. It may be a family member that prepares our meals and does our laundry. Think about the service that you get when you go to the store to shop. I had to take my truck to the shop this morning to get the clutch repaired. I am dependent on someone that knows how to do it because this is not a skill that I have.
I think about my team at work. I depend on them all of the time. How often do we celebrate them? I do not expect that you will go out and buy some fireworks to celebrate them, but you can do little things that make an impact. It maybe a box of bagels and cream cheese brought in for breakfast and a thank you to go with it. How about a thank you card with a heart felt message in it to the one person that made the biggest difference for your team that week.
We tend to think about employee recognition as being an all or nothing type of thing. If we cannot do a lot, we tend to do nothing. That is a shame. Our staff and co-workers deserve better recognition. So as you finish ups celebrating this weekend and head back into work on Monday, figure out how you are going to celebrate your dependence.