10 ways to express your appreciation
Because a "thank you" is worth a lot, we share 10 simple techniques to show your team that you value their effort.
It's amazing how far a "thank you" can go. Research shows that customers buy more and employees work better if you thank them.
But how exactly can you harness the power of appreciation? We present 10 ways to thank your workers, collaborators and salespeople.
1. Be specific
Focus your gratitude on what the employee actually did. Instead of saying “thanks for your good work” it would be more effective to say something like “Thanks for staying up late; your dedication makes the company grow ”. Use the same strategy with your salespeople: Recognize them when they achieved goals beyond what was expected.
Why it matters: A focused “thank you” has more meaning and increases employee productivity and motivation.
2. Make it personal
Connecting your appreciation with the recipient's personal life makes your message more effective. If you give a gift, tie it to something outside of the office. For example, if a salesperson or employee recently had a baby, give him a children's book or photo album.
Why it matters: This kind of intimacy breaks the ice in an emotional and not just professional way.
3. Use traditional media
When was the last time you wrote a thank you note by hand? In the age of Facebook and texting, you probably have a lot of time. Don't underestimate the power of sending a note in the mail.
Why It Matters: Taking the time to write a note shows a deeper level of appreciation than simply sending an email or text message. Since handwritten letters are practically a lost art, the extra effort will motivate employees to work better. Leaving them a post-it at their workplace can be an easy way to make them feel good and valued.
4. Be authentic
If you don't feel it, don't say it. Your employees will know immediately if the "thank you" was sincere or not. In the same way, don't show appreciation when it doesn't deserve it. If you go around the world thanking anyone it won't mean much when it's really worth it.
Why It Matters: People easily notice a bureaucratic and meaningless thank you. Doing so must be an act that comes from the heart, or it won't work.
5. Add value
Hold an "employee appreciation" day where you give awards to your best collaborators. For example: Give your employees a bonus for good work, a day off, or a gift certificate.
Why It Matters: Sometimes words are not enough. These types of gestures are the ones that serve the best in the long term.
6. Don't forget people out of the spotlight
It's easy to remember to recognize the people you work with on a daily basis. But it's also important to thank those who help your business succeed in a not-so-obvious way. Leave a thank you note for the cleaning staff, give the courier a certificate, or buy a dozen donuts for the dining room staff.
Why It Matters: Many employers never thank these hard-working people, which is a big mistake.
7. Refer businesses to your vendors and partners
There is probably no better way to thank your salespeople than to give them more customers. While a direct referral will always be appreciated, you can also go further and host a party for your vendors and partners. Invite vendors, accountants, and investors, as well as everyone you do business with.
Why it matters: If you have a party, you will not only thank your salespeople by giving them fun times, but also the opportunity to network and find new customers.
8. Think outside the box
If you want to attract the attention of your salespeople, send them a unique thank you gift. It is recommended that you take into account the geography and give gifts typical of your region or city.
Why it matters: Because some people receive hundreds of gifts a year, you need to send something different and special that will make them remember you.
9. Listen to dissatisfied employees
Few dissatisfied employees will be confident enough to tell you the reason for their dissatisfaction. This can usually mean that they still want to work with you, if the problem is fixed. When someone on your team complains, first thank them for reaching out and then, if appropriate, explain how you are going to fix the situation.
Why It Matters: Most annoying employees don't bother to complain, but simply decrease their productivity or look for another job. Therefore, every complaint you receive use it as an opportunity to improve relationships and the results of your company.
10. Mention them on your social networks
Publicly thank your employees (from your personal or brand account) by mentioning them on Twitter and Facebook and let them know why you appreciate them. You can institute something like the "employee of the week", where you name a person, their achievement and your thanks.
Why it matters: Most of your employees are your fans or followers online, so you should show them how much you value them in the atmosphere of social media. Your employees will appreciate that you appreciate their effort and that, in addition, you let others know.