In this time of focus on the importance of connecting with employees, we are often reminded about the importance of saying thank you. But how do you do that in ways that really resonate?
Think for a minute about moments when a thank you has been extended to you. What thank you gave you energy and built your confidence? What thank you left you irritated, and perhaps saying, “Don’t bother!”
When you are sharing gratitude with employees or colleagues (or even with people in your personal life), how can you increase the chances that your thank you has impact?
One of the most critical elements of a meaningful expression of gratitude is its specificity.
Ideally, our statement of thanks is so specific that it distinguishes how the named act, or the person is unique from other’s instances or other people. Here are two examples to consider.
This recent article in the SHRM (Society for HR Management) magazine featured reader-submitted ideas for thank you.
Here are some of my personal favorites:
Most importantly, who are you going to thank today?