More than half of Canadian workers between the ages of 21 and 30 feel unappreciated by their employers, according to a survey conducted by Canada Life Group Insurance. The survey also shows that, as the boss, neglecting to show gratitude can create an atmosphere where co-workers feel comfortable getting into arguments rather than resolving differences amicably. Remembering to thank your employees can drastically improve your workplace’s culture. Find out about some ways to thank your employees and others with whom you have business relationships.
Benefits of Showing Gratitude
The people you interact with regularly – your employees, vendors, and other contractors – need to know that you appreciate their work. If you’ve ever tried to brainstorm ways to get your employees to be more productive, for example, consider thanking them for their work. Telling your employees that you appreciate their efforts is one of the simplest ways to motivate them; workers who feel appreciated may also feel inspired to share their ideas for improving your products and services.
The same goes for your business relationships with vendors and other independent professionals. Say, for example, you run a retail store and get deliveries daily. If you get into the habit of thanking the delivery guy for his work, you may be pleasantly surprised when he starts bring packages straight to your desk rather than dropping them off at the back door.
Saying “thank you” sends a powerful message that you appreciate people. It also makes you feel good, which is an added bonus.
Saying Thank You to Workers
It is vitally important to verbalize your thanks, but actions sometimes speak louder than words. You can also thank your employees in ways that positively impact their jobs and overall quality of life. Consider the following ways to thank you employees:
- Give raises and bonuses.
- Send appreciation emails to individual employees and teams for jobs well done.
- Post employee appreciation announcements on company bulletin boards.
- Have employee appreciation days quarterly, rather than annually.
- Promote from within.
- Give positive feedback routinely.
- Offer opportunities for professional growth, such as expense-paid trips to conferences, trade shows, and seminars.
Thanking People You Do Business With
People generally hold those who thank them for their work in high esteem. Get in the habit of thanking the people with whom you do business. Sending thank-you letters and cards show that you appreciate the business relationship, as does making followup thank-you calls after every interaction. Here are some ways to show gratitude to service providers and other independent professionals:
- Give positive feedback about their goods and services.
- Send high-quality holiday gifts.
- When appropriate, extend personal invitations to lunch.
- Write positive reviews or testimonials on their websites and social media pages.
- Hold an annual appreciation dinner or gala.