...not thanks for passing the salt or for holding a door open, but a heartfelt thank you for work well done?
It’s easy to forget how important recognition can be. After all, everyone’s busy, if not with work, then busy with their phones - texting, tweeting, logging in and tuning out. Thanking someone is more than a like, a thumbs-up, or a smiley faced emoji. A genuine thank you for going above and beyond doesn’t come in a hastily written email. A true appreciation can’t be summed up in 140 characters.
A real thank you takes time and consideration. A true thank you is authentic and personalized. It’s something one takes time to do, reflecting on the effort involved and the commitment that effort reflects. Sometimes the best thank you is completely unexpected. After all, most of us are guilty of random kindness. Generally when we go the extra mile, we don’t expect acknowledgment. But when a manager or colleague takes a moment to publicly acknowledge our contribution there is a sense of pride and a deep satisfaction in knowing that our efforts didn’t go unnoticed or even worse, were taken for granted.
A true thank you is equal to the effort made. Even if the gesture falls short, its sincerity conveys the real gratitude for the effort involved, hard work completed, or a milestone goal reached. Whether it comes in the form of a ceremonial presentation or a handwritten note, the result is the same. Recognition makes the appreciation palpable, it acknowledges the sacrifice made and it shares the credit for positive results.
When was the last time you took time to say thank you for a job well done, an important deadline met, an unexpected and selfless gesture that made a difference in your work, your day and even in your life? It’s often said that life is short and we need to take time to stop and smell the roses. Like most clichés this is true. But there is also a time when we need to stop and thank the gardener who planted those seeds, the worker who tended and weeded the garden or the florist whose arrangement made that moment precious.
Some of the many ways to say thanks:
The Power of “Thank You” By Cathy Leibow
How Much Thanks Are You Giving? 6 Ways To Recognize Others More Often by Joseph Folkman
How a Little Gratitude Can Help You Get Ahead at Work by Katie Douthwaite Wolf
Top 10 Ways to Recognize Your Co-Workers by the Image Group