Tis’ the season of giving thanks. Around this time of year, you’ll often be told “thank you” dozens of times, and will dole out the phrase often as well. Despite whether you’re giving or receiving the “thanks,” it feels good. People love to be acknowledged and to acknowledge others.
That is why I think it’s important to not just give thanks during the Holidays season. Here are 3 ways to show thanks to your employees and members during all 12 months of the year.
- Keep blank “thank you” cards on hand for unexpected occasions. I have three different sets of cards that I use for a variety of situations, including the time a neighbor found my dog, and the time a coworker went the extra mile (literally) to get a story. Sometimes, a written “thank you” is more powerful than a verbal one.
- Remember that actions oftentimes speak louder than words. A verbal “thank you” given once a year around the Holidays will fall flat if your actions don’t support it. If you’re truly thankful for your employees and members, let them know in a variety of ways. Greet them when they enter, and say goodbye when they leave. Listen to not just their triumphs, but their trials as well. If they come to you with a problem, make an effort to solve it. Your actions are a tool that can trump any verbal form of expression.
- Compensate fairly. Obviously this applies to just your employees, but it’s an important one to note. No matter how thankful you are for your employees, if they’re not compensated fairly, they won’t have room in their heads to feel it. Nothing’s more distracting from gratefulness than struggling to pay your bills or put food on the table. So take note of industry standards and pay as fairly as you can.
Finally, no matter what way you say “thank you” for, be sure to do so with sincerity. People can tell when you’re be insincere, so always be sure to speak from the heart.
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Here’s to a Happy Thanksgiving, and giving thanks all year round!