It's Thanksgiving! What better time than today to say a big THANK YOU to all your employees, no matter where they're working from, be it home or the office. A small gesture can go a long way and make the world of difference to employees, co-workers, managers and customers. Thanksgiving brings about a wave of gratitude, joy and appreciation. This in turn, has so many positive ripples both personally and professionally.
Thanking in the workplace doesn't only have to be for big, bottom-line driven tasks, but it can be for the simple things such as popping to the post office for a team member or offering extra assistance to a different division when there is a deadline at hand. Sharing messages of thankfulness with your employees is a great way to create a sense of togetherness and belonging as well as strengthens the rapport and connections within. A key contributor to showing thanks is that it needs to be authentic and genuinely heart-felt. It is very quick, and often harmful, to through out an impersonal "thank you" without any attributed meaning or intention. Leaders and management teams need to give attention to the why's and how's of thanks and gratitude.
There are many ways in which thank yous can be presented within a company; publicly or privately, formally or informally. Financially or non-financially. Remember not all employees like being on parade and having the spotlight shun on them. It may be more conducive to thank them privately or in a small team setting. Some organisations have formal reward and recognition platforms and programmes in place, whereas for other organisations, a handwritten thank you card is as effective. There is no right or wrong when it comes to giving thanks to your employees.
There are so many benefits why workplace gratitude is so critical. It increases productivity all round and fosters a culture of energy, high morale and belonging. Morale plays a huge part in the success of any organisation. Poor morale can really deter productivity, performance and the overall output from a team, which has the potential to damage the corporate reputation. Thus, treating co-workers, no matter the hierarchy, with respect and appreciation is necessary for the business and employees alike to flourish. Feeling appreciated, valued and visible has tremendous benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing. Studies show that grateful people are more resilient and better equipped to manage stress and deal with resentment and jealousy. In addition, gratitude and thanks is contagious and such altruistic behaviour spreads from one person to the next. Finally, research has linked gratitude to increased job satisfaction. When people feel appreciated, and they show appreciation for what they have, they’re more likely to be happy with their jobs.
So, once you've vested that necessary time and effort in finding the right employees, show them thanks and that they are indeed valued and needed. There should be no excuses to the amount of times a little thank you, or well done is expressed. And just as Richard Branson says time and time again, "I have always believed that the way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers, and that people flourish when they are praised," just remember, a little thank you, goes a big way!