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Thankful, Even During a Pandemic

2020 has been a challenging year, to say the least! We all have been required to pivot both personally and professionally. There have been some difficulties including low moods, disappointments and heartache for those we know who have been deeply affected by COVID-19. In challenging times, how we decide to relate to these difficulties is critical. This requires that we understand that all things come and go and that we should approach them with gratefulness and gracefulness. With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, this is the perfect time to reflect upon our gratitude.

To carry out this practice, I asked my Human Resources Strategic Services (HRSS) teammates to take a moment to reflect upon what they are most thankful for this year.

Below are their reflections.

Janine Corea, Director of HRSS

“I’m thankful to work for a Company that truly cares about its employees, with coworkers who truly care about one another. 2020 has been a tough year, to say the least, on so many levels. The HR Works’ family demonstrated an amazing ability to quickly pivot to 100% remote work, without missing a beat supporting our clients. Speaking personally for the HR Strategic Services team, we supported each other by jumping in to help out with unprecedented volumes of calls/emails from clients needing support during these challenging times. Our leaders showed empathy for employees’ individual situations, trying to balance work and family life, and dealing with the myriad of challenges thrown our way. While we’re not out of the woods yet, I feel fortunate to work for such as a great organization that truly “walks the talk” when it comes to one of our values, Care & Respect.”

Joe Burge, Human Resource Strategic Partner

“I’d have to say that I’m most thankful that my family has been unexposed to the virus for the most part.  No one contracted COVID-19!  So far (I pray that this doesn’t jinx anyone…fingers/toes crossed)!  I have a stubborn 92-year-old grandmother who won’t let the pandemic slow her down, so I’m especially thankful that she’s stayed healthy thus far.

And not to sound like a kiss-up, lol, but I am very thankful for HR Works.  It has been a huge relief knowing that the leadership team and sales team have been working hard to keep our workforce intact and allowing us to work remotely to help keep everyone safe and employed during such a challenging time.  And I’m thankful to have you and such a supportive team that made working from home possible.  Any time I needed help or support; you’ve all been there to help the newbie find his way around.”

Jessica Slye, Human Resource Strategic Partner

“I think the most obvious thing I am thankful for this year is my health, but otherwise with these strange COVID times, I am thankful for the perspective that 2020 brought me including:

  • Recognizing that we take for granted our typical daily live – going places, seeing people, and traveling;
  • Taking for granted time spent with loved ones; and
  • The humor and calm my pets bring me”

Kristin Leonardo, Human Resource Strategic Partner

“I am thankful for the time I have had with my husband and kids – without sports or other outside activities we have been able to enjoy time together eating family meals, taking walks and playing games – time is free but it is priceless!”

Kevin Mumper, Human Resource Strategic Partner

“I’m thankful for those in my life who consistently do things to keep me grounded and remind of the kindness that exists in this world after such a challenging year!”

Tee Nelson, Senior HR Compliance Specialist

“I would not be able to participate in this exercise without showing gratitude to HR Works. I am astounded by how our management team has handled employee concerns related to the pandemic and transitioning all of us to work from home while ensuring that we have remained competitive in the market. I am also thankful for ALL my teammates, who have, at various points, helped me to smile and picked me up when I felt like collapsing and curling into a ball.

On a personal note, I am always thankful for the lessons that come with problems/challenges, and this year I have learned:

  • To make peace with imperfection,
  • To live in the present,
  • Get comfortable with not knowing, and
  • Surround yourself with those who love you and bring you joy.”

Kat Ferraro, HR Compliance Specialist

“This year has brought a lot of beautiful friendships into my life and I believe the pandemic has made them very strong. Without the challenges of quarantine and new routines, I don’t know if I would have been provided such gifts. I am also grateful that 2020 has forced me to stop and focus on today and let go of what tomorrow may bring.”

Rebecca Murfin, HR Compliance Specialist

“This year I am thankful that everyone in my family has stayed healthy.  I am also thankful to have had the opportunity to make a significant career change and now work with all of you at HR Works! “

We would encourage you to have your employees partake in this exercise as your organizations approach the Thanksgiving holiday. This small exercise can help put things back into perspective and lift employee morale and productivity.

HR Works, Inc., headquartered at 200 WillowBrook Office Park in Fairport (Rochester), New York, with an office in East Syracuse, is a human resource management outsourcing and consulting firm serving clients throughout the United States. HR Works provides scalable strategic human resource management and consulting services, including: affirmative action programs; benefits administration outsourcing; HRIS self-service technology; full-time, part-time and interim on-site HR managers; HR audits; legally reviewed employee handbooks and supervisor manuals; talent management and recruiting services; and training of managers and HR professionals.