Thank you for all you do. Thank you for all of your hard work throughout the year. Thank you for…
These the are the kinds of things we say to the people who work for us and with us. And when the sentiment behind the words is sincere, it truly matters that we say these things. It means something that we take the time to both publicly and privately appreciate the people who work for and with us even when it is expected at this time of year.
Of course there are some leaders who are more eloquent than others, who know how and when to say just the right thing, or who easily speak from their heart in a way that touches people. Regardless of your skill or comfort with words or delivery there is something all of us can do to make our appreciation of others really hit home. And that something is to be specific.
General kinds of appreciation are good. Specific acknowledgments are even better.
Why? Because it tells people you are really paying attention…to them.
Here are some ideas…
- This is what you did that really mattered to me, to our company, to our customers…and give examples.
- Look at what we accomplished this year. We could not have done it without you…and here is what you did or provided or how you approached things that made THE difference.
- Share a memorable story that demonstrates who they are and what they do or did that you appreciate.
People want to know that they matter. So take this opportunity to make your “thank you’s” really count!
Can you think of a “thank you” that stayed with you long after the message was delivered? What made the difference for you?