Quick Tips! Showing Gratitude

Videos December 19, 2019

“Aloha” means so much more than “hello” and “goodbye.” It’s about showing appreciation and gratitude, and because it’s so important to people in Hawaii, you can feel it everywhere you go. In this Quick Tips! video, the president of Interact, Cheryl Broom, explains why sharing your gratitude is important (and reminds us to take the time to do so this holiday season).


Hi, I’m Cheryl Broom, president of Interact Communications, and today, I’m coming to you from the beautiful island of Oahu, and behind me is the world-famous Diamond Head volcanic crater. Today, I spent the day with some colleagues from the University of Hawaii Community College System. We talked about community college trends, and we also talked about their upcoming digital campaign. I absolutely love my visits to see my colleagues in Hawaii, and not just because I’m in Hawaii, which obviously is wonderful, but also because they’re such a warm, caring group of people. Every time I come they give me leis, and chocolate, and cookies just to show their appreciation.

The whole Hawaii system shows its aloha in so many ways, and appreciation and gratitude is something really important to them, and I love experiencing that. It makes me feel fantastic. And it made me start thinking about whether or not we practice enough gratitude and appreciation in our jobs with our staff and on our campuses. I just finished reading the book The Five Languages of Appreciation at Work. And something that really stood out to me in that book is that when people are asked what they want out of their jobs, they want appreciation and gratitude more than they want raises, or better titles, or better office space. People value when their supervisor and when their peers tell them how much they’re appreciated, and show the gratitude, and the depth of gratitude that you have for the work that they’re doing.

So it’s the week before Thanksgiving here, and I’m sure when this Quick Tip comes out, the holiday will have passed. But hopefully you’re still in the holiday spirit of gratitude, and I want to challenge you to think about if you’re bringing enough gratitude and appreciation to the people that you work with. And as we approach the new year, if there’s ways that you can show the people that work for you how much you care about them, and how much you appreciate the great work that they do for you, your college, your community, and your students. So with that, I want to say aloha, mahalo for listening, and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Thanks, everyone. Talk to you soon. Bye.