Simply Say “Thank You”
June 30, 2011 3 Comments
It’s something that is easy to let slide in this always on, just send an email world, but we should all remember the power of words and acts of thanks. Today’s workplace relies on employee thinking, commitment and engagement for success; employees who are appreciated and regularly thanked for their contributions, consistently contribute more, out-perform others and are more loyal. Besides being the right thing to do personally, it’s also great for business.
Thanking employees is a critical component of successful management. Appreciation and celebration activate emotions. And, strong positive emotions have been proven to inspire loyalty. Here are ways that you can thank and show appreciation to your employees throughout the year:
- Take the time to talk to, and get to know, your employees. An impactful way to thank and celebrate your employees is to get to know them. Schedule time to understand your employees. Use what you now know about them to build a customized skills-improvement performance plan. Spend time with, and become interested in, each of your employees. The one-on-one attention you invest in is a significant way to appreciate all your employees’ talents and contributions.
- Ask employees what they think. The best way to feel appreciated is to be included and to feel that their perspectives matter. In today’s workplace, we need input from all of our employees; managers alone do not have all the answers. Including employees in company issues, challenges, and opportunities empowers them, engages them, and connects them to something important.
- Say thank you, and mean it. Most managers actually do thank employees who do great work. Employees work for more than money. They work for the praise and acknowledgement of their managers. A sincere thank you, said at the time of a specific event that warrants the applause, is one of the most effective ways to appreciate employees. Remember the phrase, “What gets rewarded, gets repeated.” Start to say “thank you” or “I appreciate what you do” when it is deserved and it will inspire the behaviors to continue. Make it personal and sincere. Catch employees doing great things and respond. It empowers them, appreciates them, and celebrates their performance.
Remember, people may not remember what you said or even what you did the last time they spoke to you or met you, but they will remember how you made them feel by saying thank you! Do you agree?