Published Date: 11/03/2014
By Reneé Watkins
One of the times I like best during Thanksgiving are the few minutes my family carves out between cooking, walking, playing board games and shopping to go around the dinner table and express for what we are thankful. It is a special time, a chance to stop and recognize how much for which we have to be grateful.
Giving thanks is not just for your personal life. Any day — and every day — is a good day to stop and say thank you to someone who has made a difference for you. In business, take a moment to say thank you to your employees for their efforts. Also, remember your customers, vendors and contractors.
There are a number of ways in which to say “Thank you” in a meaningful way that is simple and inexpensive. Sometimes, the simplest gestures are the ones that mean the most.
Here are a few of my favorites:
- Award an employee with a premier parking spot for a period of time.
- A simple, handwritten note to say “Thank You” speaks volumes.
- Brighten their day with a delivery of flowers to their desk.
- A special “Thank You” for a job well done in front of their peers or manager.
- Send a note of appreciation addressed to an employee’s family.
- Stock the break room or kitchen area with an employee’s favorite snacks or drinks.
- A gift card from their favorite store, restaurant or gas station.
- Reward them with a book or CD from a favorite writer or singer.
- Award an employee a day to work from home, if appropriate.
- Contact a mobile car wash company and have their car cleaned at their office.
- Call an employee to your office to thank them and recognize them for a recent achievement.
- Ask an employee to identify specific areas of interest in job-related skills and have them spend a day with the in-house expert to learn more about the subject.
People like being appreciated. Simple efforts of recognition, particularly when made public to their managers and/or co-workers, encourage a supportive and productive working relationship.