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Avoid these appreciation mistakes

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in Business Etiquette,Workplace Communication

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.

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