I wear heels every day and I tend to walk at a faster pace than most people as I’m convinced the faster my pace, the more efficient I’m using my time (seriously, I do think that). I might be a 110-pound girl, but the weight of my steps resembles that of a 300-pound man if that man had horse hooves in place of human feet. Given the hardwood flooring in our office, many people have come to know that the sound of horse hooves galloping toward their desk can only mean one of two things – either I’m about to be trampled by a horse or Casie is coming.
This has become a joke between one of the producers I work with and me. As she hears the sound of horse stomps nearing her desk, she pops up from her cube looking for me. Usually I walk over to discuss a project. Not the other day. I walked over there the other day for a completely different reason.
[Stomp. Stomp. Stomp.]
She popped up from her cube as usual in response to my nearing heavy steps.
Because of the speed with which I was walking, she thought I had something very urgent to meet with her about. I did, but it wasn’t at all what she was expecting.
“You’re walking very fast so this must be urgent,” she said.
“Yep,” I replied. “It’s urgent. I just wanted to thank you for all the work you do.”
She looked skeptical. “Really?” she replied. “You walked all the way over here for that?”
I laughed. “Yes, really,” I insisted. “I just want to say thank you.”
She smiled and if I remember correctly she also said, “Wow.”
I smiled back and galloped away.
Her look of surprise followed by a smile made my day because I felt as if I had contributed a little bit of happiness to her day.
We get so caught up in just getting things done in both our personal and professional lives that we forget to stop and express true appreciation for another person.
If you’re like most people, you spend a significant amount of your time with the people you work with. Think about how much your colleagues do for you. This might apply more to those who work in a position or environment where the success of one person or department depends largely on the success of many others. Such interdependence is very prevalent in an advertising agency – where I work.
Don’t think you work in such an environment? You go to work expecting to get paid for it, don’t you? Then you probably depend on the human resources and accounting departments in your workplace to do their jobs so that you get paid correctly. If you appreciate getting paid, you might want to take the time to show your gratitude to them.
Closing an email with some form of the words “thank you” is such common practice that the words have meaning only in their absence. We need to go beyond this to show appreciation.
Think of a colleague who makes your job easier. Although it’s their job to do whatever it is they do, they should know their work is appreciated. Take the time to walk over to their desk and tell them face-to-face how much you appreciate them and thank them for being so damn fantastic.
Make your footsteps ones to look forward to.