Thanksgiving — The History behind this joyous yet anxiety ridden holiday -The Imperfect Org

This is a very important holiday to many people.  For some it is fun and enjoyable time as they gather together, possibly enjoy a game of football and eat until one’s heart is content.

For others who have lost loved ones, have to work (which sucks), endure chaotic family members, or even plan to do some early shopping for Christmas, it’s a cause of anxiety.  

Well in case you love to know the back story about everything, like myself, check out this cool brief synopsis of the holiday.  There are plenty of fun facts that just might surprise you…

 

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To “open or not to open”, that is the question crowding the minds of many businesses and employees plagued with the nightmare of Thanksgiving night and Black Friday. -The Imperfect Org

Whether it is about the bottom line or not, I believe there is something to be said about Mall of America and their courageous decision to not open on Thanksgiving.  Although retailers will have the option to open independently on their own, I love the fact that they have made this about their employees.

“The Bloomington megamall notified employees and tenants Wednesday morning that it is reversing course this year and will close down as many of its operations as possible on the holiday” (Kumar, 2016).  One of the main reasons, to give their employees the opportunity to spend time with their families.

I have often felt bad for employees who had to wake up and drag themselves into stores early on Black Friday (or by 12 am), but the growing trend of opening earlier on Thanksgiving in my eyes is becoming more and more about greed than allowing those employees who prefer to give thanks with family (or not) to decide if they really care to be bothered. Unnecessary stress and anxiety, all for the “almighty dollar”.  What’s your thoughts?  Am I reading too much into this?

Kumar, K. (6th October, 2016).  Star Tribune.  Mall of America takes bold stand by closing on Thanksgiving this year.

“Meditation for healing the workplace ill’s” -The Imperfect Org

I read this enlightening article on the OCAI website that carefully detailed “Practical tips for positive leaders” (Bremer, 2016, para. 13). One of the statements that was made was,

“Practice openness of mind with a method such as mindfulness: train your brain to notice details but not judge. Simply mindfully notice what you observe” (Bremer, 2016, para. 13).

This is great advice when wanting to warrant a positive atmosphere inside the workplace, (as appreciative inquiry and positive psychologist promote).

However you should know that “will power” alone will not always conquer such “mindfulness”.  Some of us, like myself, need a little extra help.  Trust me, oh judgmental me has tried it in the past (without meditation) and came back unsuccessful.

Once you have made mindful observations in meetings or with co-workers think of how you can use this to build strength to your team. For me I have begun using positive attributes and meditating as a way of nourishing relationships.

When my work day is done and I am home relaxed, I practice focused meditation. By “meditating” and replacing any ill willed thoughts I’ve had towards leadership or employees, and refocusing my thoughts to something positive, I found myself more eager to go to work.

Instead of being judgmental, I take those details that I have mindfully noticed, and use them to generate positive thoughts that helps me better understand my coworkers (instead of being so ready to ridicule and point the finger).

Over time I began to notice I softened towards my coworker’s. And that major issue I had previously focused on, that made me sick to think about, was replaced with a healthy working relationship.

I am learning that in life there are many disappointments. As a result sometimes you just have to grieve an issue and keep it moving. Meditation helps to place a lot of that in perspective so you know when to utilitze what you have mindfully noticed, and what to simply let go.

Check out this great article from Marcella Bremer.  She has many, many more wonderful tips that can be utilized in the workplace.

Reference

Bremer, M. (2016). Positive Leadership: How to open up to Positive Possibilities?Retrieved from https://www.ocai-online.com/blog/2016/11/Positive-Leadership-How-to-Open-up-to-Positive-Possibilities?utm_source=ws20170312&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ows

Should I or Should I not apply for that line leadership position? Office Rant … -The Imperfect Org

 

Should I or Should I not apply for that line leadership position? Office Rant …

I have had the pleasure of working in an office in which management had to plead and beg for individuals to apply for a line leader position.
I can’t lie, I was usually up for applying for leadership positions, but this was one that somehow lacked the esteem and luster that I usually find with such positions.  Maybe it was not the position, maybe it was me.
If it were at least 8 years ago, I would have jumped at the opportunity.  However these days, having a different perspective on organizations, I simply passed it up.
But I could not help, but answer why management had to plead for people to apply?
There used to be a time where this position would have been viewed as a position of power.  Well, not anymore.  Having seen this organization in practice, I have noticed trends of employees becoming more educated and requiring less stress in their life, so why place oneself into such positions when 99% of the time, you will do most of the work, and this hard work does not pay off nor lead to further promotion up the corporate ladder?
No they don’t always hire a person for a management position because they worked on the team as a leader.  So is it really worth it? Will this position translate as success in my next job opportunity, or is it just one more thing that takes my time and adds unnecessary stress?