In the spirit of the season, gratitude is the gift that keeps on giving.
Before the holidays swoop down and costume most of your already-busy schedule over the next two months, there’s one very important task to tackle. You need to thank your team for being awesome.
Follow this advice to let your crew know you don’t take their hard work for granted. (You’re welcome!)
Put down the laptop, pick up a pen
Thinking about just firing a mass email thanking everybody on your list? Slow down. This isn’t the time for the impersonal, one-size-fits-all gestures. Even if you’re not normally the sentimental type, try putting a little extra feeling into your thank-you(s).
If you want to share written thanks, pull out your cards, grab a cup of coffee and get to writing – yes, by hand. It doesn’t matter what shape your handwriting is in. as long as your words are legible, a handwritten note is much more emotionally resonant than a typed letter.
Talk up their unique value
Once you’ve decided how you’re going to say thank-you, it’s time to come up with what you’re going to say. Generic statements like ‘Good job!” won’t make your team feel as appreciated as specific comments that focus on their gifts and accomplishments.
Mention what you’re thanking each employee for, and then say a few words about how their work over the past year has added value to your team and the company. Keep the overall vibe consistent wit your company culture. If your company tend to be more traditional and formal, stay along those lines. If it has more of a relaxed environment, a super-formal thank-you note may come across as not authentic.
Keep it up year-round
While the holidays offer a good reminder to express your gratitude, aim to thank your employees for their hard work throughout the year. Taking the time to acknowledge your employees’ work year-round will help them motivated and feeling good about the impact they have.
Not only will this make your team feel like winners and encourage them to work hard, you can also reap the benefits. A boss known for expressing gratitude is a coveted addition to any leadership team – your future employers won’t overlook this fact. So, put monthly reminders on your calendar to make a gesture of thanks to employees. It may seem like a little thing, but your team will appreciate you for it.
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