Saying "thank you" to your staff doesn't have to be difficult, time consuming or expensive. The simplest way to express your gratitude is to do so verbally or with a quick email. You can also make simple, no-cost changes around work to reward your staff or go all-out with some methods of thanks that have an associated cost.
Saying Thanks Is Free
You don't need to thank each staff member for every minor task she performs; excessive gratitude can make the sentiment appear hollow. When a staff member shows extra effort, ambition or performs an exemplary job, go beyond simply muttering your thanks to **delivering a phrase that stands out**. Expressions of gratitude that stand out include, "Thanks for doing such an excellent job. You're always very dependable"; and "Stellar work. Your ability to perform your job makes you a true asset to this company."
Follow Up by Email
Following up your verbal expression of thanks with a short email helps reinforce your appreciation for your staff member. Notes of thanks don't have to be long; **two or three sentences saying thank you** and explaining why you appreciate the staff member's contributions or attitude are enough to firmly express your point. Many effective notes of thanks include a reference to the future at the end of the note. In a work context, you could write, "Can't wait until you land the next big client." Carbon-copy the company president or board of directors on the email to show the employee that you're recognizing his work to your superiors.
It's possible to make a number of changes to the workplace that convey your appreciation for your staff. Give the staff members the **ability to work flex hours**; doing so can also contribute to a happier staff. Other simple methods of expressing thanks include creating an employee-of-the-month display to recognize someone whose contributions were especially notable, temporarily giving the best parking spot to a staff member who stood out, arranging a casual-dress day, or sending a company-wide email about your staff's accomplishments.
Ideas With a Cost
If your company has the budget, you can express thanks by opening the company's piggy bank. Give **gift cards** to restaurants or gas stations to staff members who stand out, order pizzas or subs for an appreciative Friday luncheon, or order high-end coffee and breakfast snacks to enjoy during a morning meeting. Paid days off, raises, **gym memberships** and a team-building activity away from the office are also ways to say thanks. You can pay to send a staff member to a training session or leadership conference. Doing so has a double benefit; the employee feels appreciated, and you get a higher-skilled staff member.
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