Welcome to the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association

The Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) is a nonprofit organization comprised of employment law attorneys from around the state who share in a common mission; providing quality representation to employees and vindicating employees’ rights.

To that end, CELA’s members work collaboratively to:

  • Promote and increase public awareness of the rights of individual employees;
  • Furnish educational opportunities for attorneys who represent employees;
  • Assist lawyers who actively represent employees in employment related disputes by:
  • Providing ready access to knowledgeable colleagues;
  • Relieving the sense of professional isolation experienced by many employment lawyers who practice in solo or small firms; and
  • Promoting social and cultural exchange among attorneys and other interested groups.
  • Promote the intellectual and professional interests of attorneys who represent employees;
  • Provide the public with accessibility to skilled legal counsel who are well versed and accomplished in the complex area of employment law; and
  • Provide educational training and instructional activities for members, the general bar and for the public.

Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association Weekly

Topic of the Week  No Thanks to Us: The Lack of Gratitude at Work

  •  Write a thank you note.
  • Give your full attention.
  • Offer an olive branch.
  • Stab in front.
  • Do a daily act of kindness.


 When it comes to expressing gratitude, the workplace is dead last. No wonder why they call it work. Ironically expressing gratitude will not only create a healthier workplace, it will also create a healthier you. Really. Studies show that you’ll have better health, deeper sleep and less anxiety and depression, so there is value in bringing Thanksgiving to work on a regular basis. Which reminds me of the Frankenturkey in Farmington, CT. Normally wild turkeys don’t tend to be aggressive, especially in the fall. But Frankenturkey didn’t follow the rules, he was actually spotted pecking at cars.

Speaking of foul encounters, how can we end the vicious cycle at work and replace it with a virtuous one? For more of us to bring an attitude of gratitude to work. Sure there are plenty of reasons to be annoyed at work, but why choose a vicious cycle when you can start a virtuous one? Here are a few strategies to do just that.

Write a thank you note. Okay, it sounds like advice that your mom would give. Most of us send thank you emails. There is only one problem, this is inherently forgettable. Just to prove my point, I just looked up to see a thank you note someone gave me two years ago that’s still on the bulletin board above my desk. Thank memorably.

Give your full attention. Can you remember the last time that you talked to someone when their attention wasn’t divided between you and their cell phone, iPad or computer? I can’t. That’s why it’s so important to express your gratitude to people in one of the most obvious ways possible, give them all your attention.

Offer an olive branch. It’s always a great idea to offer an olive branch by taking your nemesis out to coffee or lunch to bury the hatchet. In today’s turbulent workplace it pays to have all the friends you can out there.

Stab in front. My uncle Fred once told me that enemies stab you in the back, your friends should always stab you in the front. Offer constructive criticism to people you work with. Sure it can be hard, but it’s going to be a lot better for them to receive criticism from you than from their boss or a big customer. Just be sure to offer it in the spirit of helping them rather than to punish.

Do a daily act of kindness. Recently I was in a meeting and they guy sitting next to me kept refilling my water glass. It was so simple, but so considerate. What can you do for a coworker that will take only a small amount of energy but will be remembered?

One study found that 35% of us don’t bring a gracious attitude to work for fear of being taken advantage of. Follow these tips and you can avoid being your workplace’s Frankenturkey. In fact, people will even be there to save your neck next time there’s a problem at work.

Bob Rosner is a best-selling author and award-winning journalist. For free job and work advice, check out the award-winning workplace911.com. Check the revised edition of his Wall Street Journal best seller, “The Boss’s Survival Guide.” If you have a question for Bob, contact him via bob@workplace911.com.

Thought of the Week

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

–William Arthur Ward

Weekly Comic by Jerry King

Blog of the Week

Top Five News Headlines

  1. Ann Arbor VA Hospital finds problems in surgical tools
  2. Wal-Mart employee fired for redeeming in discarded bottles
  3. Ex staffer sues Gowdy and Benghazi panel
  4. Is an upcoming Supreme Court case a strike for individual rights or a deceptive attack on teachers unions?
  5. An Iraq War veteran who works at KFC nails the minimum wage debate

List of the Week

from Peterson & Seligman. Character Strengths and Virtues

 Thanksgiving on Steroids: Gratitude’s Biggest Impact

  • An act or benefit is observed and evaluated positively by an observer.
  • The act or benefit is not due to the observer’s own efforts.
  • The observer perceives the benefit to have been caused by the intrinsic motivation and/or laudable efforts of the person providing the act or benefit.