4 Easy Ways to Say Thanks to Employees

It’s the week of Thanksgiving! I know I should be thankful every day, but something about the leaves falling, baking cookies and decorating the house for Christmas makes me sit back and really appreciate everything I have. But it’s also the end of the year or the last two months of the quarter. It’s the full court press to get everything done that’s been on your work plan, to sign the last few clients of the year, to check EVERYTHING off your list so you can start fresh on January 1.

But I encourage you to take a time out, take a look around your office and be thankful for the employees you have (or maybe the employees you no longer have). How do you show your employees that you appreciate the work they do?

Recognition and appreciation don’t have to come just once a year in the form of a pay increase, promotion or bonus. I mean those are really great but sometimes all your employees are looking for is a sign from you that tells them “He likes me. He really, really likes me!” Instead of the employee bahumbugging around work thinking “He’ll be sorry when I’m gone!”


Here’s a short list of things you can do to make your employees feel appreciated:

Say Thank You! But be specific. Not just “thanks for all you do” but “thanks for staying late last week to get that project done. I appreciate your dedication and so do our customers.”

Take a note from the Sound of Music. What are your employee’s favorite things? Giving them something personal shows you care and that you are paying attention. Maybe you could bring someone a coffee from their favorite café, a gift card to their favorite store, or get them their favorite snack. (Do not make them an outfit from the curtains in the conference room.)

Adjust work hours. Can you let them leave early, or come in late? Maybe you can send them home at 2:00 on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

Give free lunch. Can you host a group or team lunch? Order in and sit down together. Get them out of their routine of eating at their desks or working through lunch. Enjoy each other’s company.

There are countless ways you can let your employees know you appreciate them. What are your ideas?

Sometimes it’s easier to learn from our mistakes. What was the WORST “thank you” that you received? Think Chevy Chase, Christmas Vacation, Jam of the Month Club!

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