Everyday Ways to Say Thank You

  • Just say “thank you.”A little goes a long way.

 

  • Say "Good Morning" every day to those in your office and greet employees by name.

 

  • Smile - it's contagious.

 

  • Practice positive, nonverbal behaviors that demonstrate appreciation.

 

  • Acknowledge individual achievements by using employee names in team meetings or status reports.

 

  • Encourage, enable and empower you staff.

 

  • Express an interest in employee's career development goals. Encourage and recognize those who pursue continuing education.

 

  • When you hear a positive remark about someone, repeat it to that person as soon as possible: face-to-face is best, email or voicemail are good in a pinch.

 

  • Call an employee to your office to thank them and don't discuss any other issue.

 

  • Post a thank you note on an employee's door.

 

  • Instead of an email, send a handwritten thank you or acknowledgment; it will have a greater impact.

 

  • Write a letter of praise recognizing specific contributions and accomplishments. Send a copy to senior management.

 

  • Establish a place to display memos, posters, and so on, recognizing progress towards goals and thanking individual employees for their help.

 

  • Allow employees to participate on University committees or attend special on-campus presentations.

 

  • Pop in at the first meeting of a special project team and express your appreciation for their involvement.

 

  • Send a letter to all team members at the conclusion of a project, thanking them for their participation.

 

  • Ask your boss to attend a meeting with your employees during which you thank individuals and groups for their specific contribution.

 

  • Plan a surprise achievement celebration for an employee or group of employees.
  • Nomination the employee or team for a formal university award.