A few moments out of your day to say thank you to employees, coworkers, managers, and customers can make a huge impact on a workplace. It is often key to a company's success. There are many ways to express gratitude in the workplace -- it's a small gesture that can mean so much.
Employee and Manager Appreciation
As a manager, you should thank your staff to let them know you appreciate the job they're doing and you value their dedication. As an employee, you should also thank your manager when he helps you. Spending a few moments expressing your gratitude not only boosts a person's self-esteem in the workplace, but may also lead to increased productivity, better attitudes, improved workplace relationships and increased opportunities.
Boosting Workplace Morale
Morale can play a big part in the success of the workplace. Poor morale slows productivity and can turn off customers. Treating co-workers with respect and appreciation is necessary in the workplace. Thanking a peer for his assistance shows appreciation -- and will likely motivate him to help you again in the future. If someone takes time from his job to assist you, or does an exemplary job, you should also take the time to notify his manager of your appreciation.
Without clients, most businesses cannot exist. Clients provide the revenue, new referrals and continuing business that allow companies to thrive. Besides saying thank you to your internal staff, thanking clients that help your workplace stay in existence is essential. In addition to providing excellent products and services to your clients, you should also thank your customers verbally and through appropriate cards and gifts. Your clients will appreciate the gesture and consider it when deciding if they will become return customers.
Ways to Say Thank You
A simple “thank you” verbally or via email, though appreciated, may become routine. While email is easy, take the time to send a handwritten thank-you card to your employee, supervisor or co-worker. Those extra few moments of purchasing or writing a card will show you truly value whomever you are thanking in the workplace. Additional ways to thank someone at work might include giving a gift card, taking him out for lunch, or publicly thanking him at a staff meeting.
Francine Richards is a licensed multi-state insurance agent with years of human resources and insurance industry experience. Her work has appeared on Blue Cross Blue Shield websites and newsletters, the Houston Chronicle and The Nest. Richards holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Maryland.