The lost art of saying “thank you.” In the rush of everyday life, we tend to forget the little things that may have a big impact on someone else – a smile, a hug or a simple “thank you.” This seems to be especially prevalent in the work environment, where morale and engagement are so important. Think about how you can make your coworkers feel more appreciated. Here are a few tips for making that office “thank you” extra special:

#1: Be Specific

While it’s always a nice gesture to thank someone, it’s important for the “thank you” to feel relevant. Instead of a general “great job” or “thanks for doing this,” try something like “This is an excellent report – your strong analytical thinking really shows in this project.” This way, employees know which specific behavior is attracting this positive reaction and will be motivated to continue moving in that direction.

#2: Go Public

Say “thank you” in both private and public settings. A private “thank you” feels intimate and personal, which is important. But public employee recognition is also necessary so the rest of the team knows who is producing great work and will feel motivated to do the same.

#3: Get Creative

Whether it’s a hand-written card or a thoughtful email, there are endless ways to express gratitude. That’s where our team at Majorel Egypt cares about. A study by JWT Intelligence found that 79% of employees’ value experiences more than material items. So why not try making employees feel appreciated through their choice of an experiential employee reward like a gym membership or a trip?

If you want a happy team, all it takes is an actively grateful manager.


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