A Little Thanks Goes a Long Way

November is a time to “Give Thanks” and show gratitude and a perfect month to reflect on the importance of rewards and recognition to employees. Rewards and recognition is not always about the money. In the best seller, “Love ‘Em or Lose “Em” there is an entire chapter on rewards and recognition, which begins with a quote:

“It wasn’t all about the money, really. Oh sure, a bonus would have been nice when I brought that new client in or when I finished those specs ahead of schedule. But a “thank you- I noticed” would really have been appreciated.”

Saying, “Thank You” seems so simple- Management 101. But taking the time to say thanks doesn’t always happen. In fact getting thanks for a job that you are required or expected to do is quite uncommon in the workplace.

Many of you may already have employee appreciation events, awards and recognition activities, however the process doesn’t have to be formalized. Here is an interesting blog I found, “40 Ways to Say Thank You at Work!”

Whether you simply stop by a co-worker’s work station to say “Thank You”, or treat a particular team to pizza, saying Thank you for your dedication and hard work can cultivate a culture of harmony and collaboration. And don’t be surprised to find others following your trend.


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