I don’t need to tell you that running a business is not an easy job, let alone making the somewhat ambitious decision to do this alongside undertaking a PhD. The past few years have seen extraordinary highs, including launching the CITB Be Fair framework, our online training and receiving a CMA award. There have also been the lows that any SME encounters in a recession and subsequent growing economy.
That’s why I felt it was important to say a massive thank you to both my wonderful staff in the office and those of you that have supported Constructing Equality Limited and me throughout the years. So here goes…
To our supporters – thank you. Through the years you have been an amazing source of hope and inspiration, every email thanking us for the newsletter, adding comment to the blog, sharing us on twitter or championing us generally has been so very gratefully received. Our aim to create a positive environment for those that work in the sector is not an easy one, and we certainly couldn’t have got this far without your help and support. We hope that the resources we put out and the publicity we drum up go some way to showing our gratitude; if not, please know that as a business we are all aware that industry change will happen by all of us working together and supporting one another. I hope we can continue to do that for years to come.
To my team – my lovely, lovely team. I have never worked with such a kind, supportive, skilled, and sarcastic bunch. You have all ridden the rollercoaster that is small business amazingly well and feedback from our clients is further proof of your professionalism and commitment to the values of fairness, inclusion and respect. I know I would not have got this far without you either, and look forward to travelling much further together.
I know some will deem this email a little cheesy; I suspect they might be right. More than that though, I know how important it is to ensure those that work with you know that they are appreciated especially if, like me, you are often too busy to give them the credit they deserve.
Therefore, our Christmas top tip is make an effort to thank your colleagues, both above and below you, for something they have done this year; make it specific so it’s meaningful and make it honest so it’s appreciated. We can all sometimes worry so much about the praise that we don’t receive and forget to pay our own forward.
Have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year.
PS Here’s a little gift to you all – from us to you!