3 Ways to Make Your Thank-You Count

Thank you, we appreciate your business and please come back.

Thanks, please come back.

We all want to be appreciated. A sincere, timely thanks supports strong relationships with customers and employees. In fact, a study reported in Harvard Business Review found that receiving more frequent praise from our colleagues and managers makes us feel respected; It is also associated with better performance. According to several recent research studies, showing gratitude can reduce turnover and improve productivity. When something as simple as a sincere thank you can make your employees more loyal, what’s there to lose?

To make an impact on your Thanksgiving, follow these three tips:

Thank you guys by name.

Whenever you can, use the person’s name in your acknowledgment. “Janet, thank you very much for your help on the quarterly report” goes much further than a simple “Thank you for your help.” When people hear the melodious tones of their own names, they know that thanksgiving is not general, but directed at them personally. Who doesn’t love it? Just be sure to spell that person’s name correctly, for heaven’s sake!

If you really want to send a hand-written thank you note to your colleagues – and important customers – this is an excellent idea. It shows that you went out of your way to thank them. You picked up a pen, wrote a message, sealed an envelope, and maybe even jumped for a stamp. By making those efforts, you demonstrate that you value that person as a person. According to founder Will Reynolds, Seer Interactive, a Philadelphia-based digital marketing agency, keeps stacks of empty thank you notes by the elevator so employees can grab something and “people can see”.

Special thanks to people.

“Thank you for everything” is the same as “thank you for nothing”. If you’ve worked all week on a presentation, carefully choosing images on slides, syncing Handouts with PowerPoint, and triple-checking your facts, your manager will probably (regrettably!) say something like, “Thanks! Great job!” Imagine how happy you would be if she said, “The slides were really clear; I love how every image supported the message — and thank you for making sure the 2021 stats were up to date.” Will you feel more motivated to do your best for this manager in the future?

Being specific in your expressions of gratitude lets your reader feel that you are sincere. Extravagant phrases like “thank you for your business” are hacked to such an extent that they lose impact. If you want to impress your co-worker or client, take some time to think of a new way to express your gratitude. Your customers will notice. In fact, a study by newvoicemedia Found that feeling dissatisfied is the top reason customers switch companies. Trying to find a new way to show your appreciation can prove beneficial.

And here’s a sign for the dinner-party crowd. “Thanks! Everything was delicious.” Instead, think of one or more parts of the food that you particularly liked and comment on them. “The spice in the mushroom soup was so subtle, it was divine. And the pasta was absolutely al dente. If you can’t get the nerve to say al dente, just say it lacks the right amount. Your host or hostess is insured and you’ll be invited back just as soon.

By telling people what we are thanking them for, we encourage them to repeat our behavior.

Thank you guys immediately.

Don’t let your gratitude go stale. Within 24 to 48 hours after a positive experience, convey your words of appreciation to those who deserve them. You’ll seem more sincere, authentic, and enthusiastic if you remind yourself a week later that you neglected to say thank you and then try to reconcile memories of the happy occasion.

We know that people who receive thanks feel happier. But what’s in it for you? However, the real benefit of repeatedly expressing gratitude is that it makes you a more grateful person. And the data is clear that grateful people are more likely to be happy.

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