You know that you should show your employees and co-workers how much you appreciate them, and you may work hard to show your gratitude. However, your efforts could backfire if you make the following mistakes when you say “Thanks.”
• Delay the gratitude. You may be busy, and as a result, you wait until a better time to thank an employee. Doing so, however, diminishes the effect. Show your appreciation promptly to let people know their efforts are valued.
• Relying on technology. A “thanks” sent over email, text or social media may make people feel good, but it won’t be nearly as meaningful as one delivered in person or via a heartfelt, handwritten note.
• Ask how you can repay the favor. When someone goes above and beyond, truly show your gratitude by helping them out when they need it most.
— Adapted from “3 Tips for Year-Round Thanks and Giving in the Workplace,” Melissa Garvey, The Huffington Post, www.huffingtonpost.com.