Employers Need Love Too…

I’m tired of hearing about what’s wrong with corporate America, getting a regular inventory of all the things employers should do better, and generally watching the workforce lament over getting beaten down again and again.  Do me a favor and get over it…even if just for this week of Thanksgiving.  Play along with me here.  I’m thankful:

  • That I have a paycheck directly deposited into my checking account every two weeks without fail
  • That my employer will provide for me (or at least partially) if I get sick and can’t work
  • That my employer allows me to take time away from the office to spend with my family and pays me to do so
  • For affordable healthcare coverage that gives my loved ones access to world-class medical expertise
  • For an air-conditioned office
  • For social security, state, federal, unemployment, and other miscellaneous taxes paid on my behalf by the company
  • For some reasonable chance of getting a severance package if I were ever separated from the organization
  • For access to free regular training
  • For exposure to people who know more than I about a lot of things and the ongoing learning that comes with it
  • For a daily commute that’s less than 20 minutes
  • That I have a boss who is patient with me, lets me make mistakes, and pretty much gets out-of-the-way
  • That I have a team that is patient with me, lets me make mistakes, and pretty much pushes me out-of-the-way
  • That I work for a company that does good things for its customers and genuinely tries to do what’s right for its employees
  • For enough travel to get away from time to time, but not so much that I miss out on what really matters at home
  • For an environment that has a 100:1 cool employee to asshole employee ratio
  • For a qualified retirement plan to which my employer makes matching contributions
  • That I have to work only a  few weekends here and there
  • For something to go to every day which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble…

There is something liberating about this exercise.  Count your blessings and show the love.  Give the benefit of the doubt, have some faith, and remember it’s not all about you.  Tell us (and your employer) what you’re thankful for and I’ll Share Your Thanks with Twitterland (#EmployerThx).

8 Responses to Employers Need Love Too…
  1. Dawn Hrdlica @dawnHRrocks
    November 25, 2009 | 10:06 am

    I couldn’t agree more–

    Some to add:

    That I have a free onsite gym.
    That I provided coffee (my addiction) while I am at work
    That I have VPs/ C-Suite mentors who graciously give me their timej
    That I am given freedom to make mistakes and try new things
    That I have a team that endures my singing daily

  2. Charlie Judy
    November 25, 2009 | 10:40 am

    @Dawn your employer should be gracious to have you as you are gracious for what they give. have a great thanksgiving!

  3. Jennifer
    November 25, 2009 | 11:29 am

    Amen! I’ve been catching up on reading my HR blogs and I want to tear my eyes out with all the complaints about how we do this wrong, we don’t do this enough, do wellness programs help, and for pete’s sake just call the candidate if they didn’t get the job (geez!). Enough. Finally, a blog that is focusing on something positive during this Thanksgiving week. Thank you!

  4. laurie ruettimann
    November 25, 2009 | 11:39 am

    Wow, you have a pretty good job.

  5. Pasmuz
    November 25, 2009 | 11:51 am

    For a minute there I thought maybe we worked at the same place.
    I love where I work and I love this post. It is great to hear the stories about employers getting it right.
    One to add: I get to park my bike in the parking garage for free. You have to pay if you have a car. Sweet.

  6. Charlie Judy
    November 25, 2009 | 11:57 am

    @jennifer blogs = rants all too often. we’re trained to hate our employers…not sure what that comes from, but i think there’s an opportunity to turn the tables here a bit. thx for jumping in…

  7. Charlie Judy
    November 25, 2009 | 12:03 pm

    @laurie i would like to think (somewhat naively, perhaps) that most people who have jobs with companies of reasonable repute can be thankful (and should be) for the same kinds of things. i didn’t even list all of the things that are unique to my employer.

  8. Charlie Judy
    November 25, 2009 | 12:04 pm

    @pasmuz and related…you get to ride your bike to work…even sweeter!

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