This post originially appeared on LinkedIn.
The thing is that although the money that we receive every month allows us to live our desired lifestyle, it is rarely enough to make us smile as we embark on the daily commute to work. Much of it disappears on rent, mortgages, and bills, so while we are all grateful of that pay cheque, we all somehow need something more….
Simple and regular recognition does it for most of us.
Just because you are expected to do a certain job to a certain standard doesn’t mean that you are not due a word of thanks from your managers and your colleagues. You don’t have to go to spectacular lengths to get a grateful smile or congratulatory fist bump. It is true that too much gratitude can devalue the experience, but I think that most of us would agree that the happiest places to work are where praise and gratitude flow freely. (Also read: 6 Quick Foods To Improve Focus And Concentration At Work)
Saying thank you isn’t mere politeness, it will genuinely give you a return on the small effort that you make to say it. Taking the team out for a meal not because they have hit a target and simply because they are working hard can often provide a boost bigger than when praise has been truly “justified.” It is well documented that rewarding effort is just as viable a strategy as rewarding results. In the sometimes fickle and cyclical world of recruitment, this is often the case. Getting placements over the line is what keeps everyone employed, but the effort made in getting 90% of the way and have a candidate decide to go somewhere else should not be ignored.
When the end of year employee engagement surveys come around, feeling “valued” at work is always high on the list at the best employers. Interesting, not feeling valued is a key reason why people leave their jobs, and we see hundreds of fantastic candidates leave successful companies because they felt that their immediate manager didn’t value them enough. Can you imagine, the absence of these two simple words could drive someone to change jobs? It happens a lot more than you would think. (Also read: 3 Things, Apart From Your Qualification, That Get You Hire)
Of course, there will always be the hard-nosed “I’ll just get on with it, I don’t need your thanks” types, but even they are softened when gratitude is genuine and freely given.
When did you last say thank you to someone deserving? Come to think of it, when did you last say thank you to someone who wasn’t so deserving? Do you think that they might try that little bit harder next time?
Being grateful adds to a more positive workplace. Why wouldn’t you want to do that?
The Power of Thank You at Work | LinkedIn