5 Reasons to be Thankful at Work

There’s a nip in the air, the leaves are changing and we are all breaking out our sweaters and coats. Yes, it’s that time of year again. It’s November, and as we begin to wrap up the month, it is time to reflect on everything for which we are thankful. Most people’s thoughts turn towards family, food, and of course, college football. However, I think it is important that we take the time to say thanks for the careers that we have. We spend more time at work than almost anywhere else and our professions are a defining pillar of who we are. There are many reasons to be grateful, so here’s a list of things to consider when pondering about why you are thankful for the career you have.

Training
Good training programs are invaluable to anyone who is serious about improving themselves and their careers. In order to have the career you want, you have to realize that you are a lifelong student and learner. Training serves as a continuing resource that enriches employees’ careers in many different ways. It enables you to continue learning inside and outside of the office, to be the best employee, and person you can be. Quality training is a great investment in the employees by companies and we should take the time to be thankful for these learning opportunities.

Benefits
As a millennial that is just now learning how health insurance and retirement works, I’ve discovered that good benefits can immensely improve your quality of life. Access to health care, dental care, vision and 401K are huge blessings at all stages in life. Paid vacation and holidays are also a huge plus. At Paycom, we get paid to eat too much food and spend quality time with our families on Thanksgiving! That’s a benefit we all get to enjoy. Be grateful for the benefits your employer provides.

Growth and Opportunity
When you have a clear pathway of opportunity for growth in your career, you are much more likely to find success in your work. You’re able to set and meet meaningful goals and work hard to achieve them because you know there is potential for advancement. When your company is growing and gives you opportunities for promotion, the sky is the limit to achieve your goals with a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.

Leadership and Coworkers
You’re going to spend more time with your managers and coworkers than many others in your life. The friendships formed between coworkers have the potential to enrich your career and your personal life in very special ways. Being a part of a good team helps you as an individual, through the good times and the hard times, in and out of the office. The friendships that can form at work are some of the things for which many feel most grateful.

Culture
Last, but certainly not least, we need to be thankful for a positive company culture that is vital to having a fulfilling career. Sharing a common purpose with a group of people who believe and work toward that purpose defines a happy and successful work life. When you and the rest of your company are excited about work, your career will take on a new and more meaningful significance and, you will experience a sense of true fulfillment.

Looking forward to going to work each day is a blessing. Take time this Thursday to give thanks for your career and what it brings to your life.