For Happier Employees, Learn To Give More Gratitude Than “Thx”
We all know happier companies make more money—and nothing makes for happier employees than learning how to show real gratitude for what they do. Here are some pointers to get you started today.
How to really say thank you
Goulston lays out three steps for getting good at giving gratitude:
- Be precise: Thank the person specifically for their exceptional actions: Tell them what they’re doing awesome.
- Acknowledge the effort: Note the personal cost of their getting it done. If they work through the weekend, appreciate the social and family costs.
- Share your stakeholdership: Make a point of how their great work helps your work, show how you’re in this together.
Developing a sense of how to show gratitude is a leadership key—one that can help you (and your employees) reach their potential.
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How To Give A Meaningful “Thank You”
I count 3 great bosses in my time. The first and best being Sean Pfitz from Sosauce days, and the other 2 are recent choices: Elliot Tomaeno at Astrsk and Anthony DeRico at THE WEEK. The constant encouragement, politeness, and daily pats on the back are what makes my life easier to go into work everyday and know that when I leave at the end of the day, my work was genuinely appreciated. Each have gone beyond simple manners to make me feel appreciated and worthwhile to the company and it’s a rare thing to find in employers these days. Furthermore, they’ve each taken time out to mentor and guide me throughout my career in more ways than one, and for that I thank them immensely.