When Being Thankful is the Reward Itself

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” – Margaret J. Wheatley

I’ll be honest, I dreaded writing this blog. (How’s that for an opening statement!?)

I dreaded it because let’s face it, 2020 has been a struggle for all of us. It’s hard to think about being grateful during a pandemic that has taken the lives of 1.41 million people worldwide, sickened nearly 60 million people and upended the way we work, go to school and socialize. Millions of people are out of work, small and large businesses are impacted, hospitals and healthcare providers are overwhelmed.

But something happened last week that made me realize that I actually have much for which to be grateful. This past year has helped me, and my “community” here at Intelex, discover what we care about.

Our Employee Appreciation Day was last week. We received a fun gift delivered to our homes – in my case it was a basket with different types of movie treats, like popcorn and candy – and gift cards we could use to stream movies to our homes. It really brightened my day. But what made me thankful and happy were messages created by my coworkers. These messages – iGrams – were created by employees to send to other employees. They didn’t have to be members of our teams; just coworkers with whom we’ve interacted and who have helped us be better, work smarter, help more customers or improve our quality of work life. In other words, it was an opportunity to thank members of our internal Intelex community.

I received iGrams from people I’ve interacted with over the past year, and some of them came as a total surprise. Those iGrams in particular made me think of this quote from Robert Brault: “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

Taking 10 minutes out of my day to find information for someone, to answer a question, to provide input, to share a laugh or lend an ear is a little thing for me. It doesn’t inconvenience me in any way. To others, it’s a big thing. It possibly impacted how well they were able to do their jobs, helped them complete a project or made them appreciate working at Intelex or with me.

I thought about my team members who have taken 10 minutes or more out of their days to help me when I needed it and I am so thankful for them and to them.

I’m thankful to our customers who have been open and honest with me in sharing their pain points and their success, and generous about offering their insights into EHSQ and helping me content that is useful and valuable.

I’m thankful for my manager, who is one of the most supportive, compassionate people I know and who is wicked smart and engaging and everything you could want in a manager.

I’m thankful to our corporate leaders, who have put our safety and wellbeing first and as a result, have created a loyal, dedicated workforce who are constantly motivated to not only meet targets, but exceed them.

Finally, I’m thankful to work for a company that strives to be a partner with customers in creating safe, productive worksites, that is constantly innovating and driving new technology that empower organizations to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex marketplace while minimizing their negative social, environmental and human impacts.

We do this by developing web and mobile applications that streamline and simplify environmental, safety and quality management. Intelex’s software solutions help companies around the world ensure compliance, reduce risk and improve performance. I’m thankful I get to play a small role in that effort.

I’m thankful for the Intelex community and I’m thankful for the EHSQ community, and that’s a lot to be thankful for.

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About Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the Global EHSQ Content Lead for Intelex Technologies. Formerly the Content Director for EHS Today, she has been writing about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990. Her work as a journalist and editor has been recognized with national and international awards. She has been interviewed about occupational safety and health for national business publications, documentaries and television programs; has served as a panelist on roundtables; and has provided the keynote address for occupational safety and health conferences.

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