Saying the words “thank you” to another human being can change moods, increase engagement and make people harder. So why don’t we use those simple words more often? Sometimes we utter the words “thank you” when we are insincere and without meaning. This is immediately picked up by the other person/persons as being false. People can feel the lack of vibration and could respond negatively.
Generic recognition messages like: “Thank you, great job” have little impact. Articulate exactly what the individual did and why it was important. Share how their efforts helped you, the team, the client, or the company. For instance: “Bob that bug in the report generator could have been a huge problem for us. You probably saved the company $1,000 per customer over the next few months. Thank you”. When you do this, your words will generate strong feelings of gratitude, respect and affinity in the other person.
Make it personal. Know what kind of recognition the recipient will appreciate. The best way to do this is to ask: “What is something you would love to have, but could never justify buying for yourself?” Customizing the recognition will make it memorable and therefore more impactful. Make sure to understand if the individual appreciates public or private recognition and recognize them accordingly.
Especially as a business leader, team members can see through pleasantries. If you aren’t actually thankful, you can do more harm than good by saying that you are. Apply the Power Thank You only in circumstances where you genuinely feel compelled to express gratitude. Saying thank you the right way is something that can be deeply touching and personal. Don’t ruin the opportunity by offering anything but your gratitude in return.
Make It Frequent
Do not limit the amount of recognition given. You want to continually encourage excellent behaviour, results and progress. If budget is a factor, consider low or no cost ways to recognize contributors. Best Companies thank employees personally and in unexpected ways; they thank people frequently and cultivate a climate of appreciation.
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I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy
Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind’s eye, and you will be drawn toward it.