How to give thanks

As we move closer to the end of an unprecedented year, it’s essential to take the time to think about all the good things we should be grateful for in life. For me, I could not have made it through this time without the support of my family, friends, and co-workers. Yet, we end up being so busy trying to meet various needs that we often forget to acknowledge and give thanks for everything they’ve done.

I find the simple act of appreciation goes a very long way.

At work, we tend to think of feedback as purely a constructive thing. As I had mentioned in my video, ‘Best Practices for Receiving Feedback,’ many of us tend to run the other direction when someone attempts to provide feedback. However, it’s important to remember that feedback is balanced and should include all of a person’s positive aspects. Here are three simple ways to show appreciation:

Check-in with your peers

It’s the end of the year, and here at Adobe we are approaching FY20 Check-in—our year-round feedback review process. The great thing about ‘Check-in’ is that anyone can practice this. Check-in is all about asking for constructive feedback and learning what you can do improve yourself. But remember that a significant component to Check-in is two-way feedback, so be sure to leave time for positive reinforcement. For example, “I appreciate the way you were able to navigate through the constant change. It’s important to lead by example, and I know the team was better for it—thank you.” Remember, feedback works multiple ways, from manager to employee, employee to manager, and colleague to colleague. As you think about checking-in with your peers, take time to identify the impact someone has made and thank them for it.

Use the SAID Model

One of the most common feedback models we use in Talent Development is the SAID Model, which stands for Specific, Ask, Impact, Do. While frequently used for constructive feedback, did you know you can use it for positive feedback as well? Here’s an example:

Being thankful isn’t just limited to one time of the year

Showing appreciation doesn’t need to be overly complicated. It only takes a couple of minutes! Here at Adobe, we recently implemented an appreciation eCard platform, where you can customize cards to send to anyone in the company. I recently received one from the Senior Director of Global Talent Development, and the simple gesture of thanks made my day a lot brighter. The best part is that the eCard platform will continue to evolve internally, which only reinforces that giving thanks is not just limited to one time of the year. Now is the perfect time to give thanks to friends, family, and colleagues, but make it a habit!

Remember, feedback is a gift. It’s how we know when we need to improve on something, but it also reinforces all the great things a person brings to the table. Today, take the time to show your appreciation to a manager, colleague, stakeholder, and mentor and help create a culture of feedback and appreciation.