By RedBalloon for Business

Saying thank you to employees

Of all the things you can do to keep your team engaged, saying thank you to employees is a small gesture that goes a long way.

When you’re juggling multiple projects, putting out spot-fires and trying to keep the business as profitable as possible, it’s easy to forget about the little things. But it’s the little things that matter most to your business’s greatest asset: your employees. A simple ‘thank you’ goes a long way – and it could be exactly what your team needs to ramp up their productivity.

The power of saying ‘thank you’

A recent study on the Australian workplace found that less than half of all workers “regularly receive praise or recognition” for a job well done. And for those who don’t receive any recognition, they are more likely to experience “frequent high levels of stress at work”.

Saying ‘thank you’ is such a simple gesture, but it can be so powerful when given with genuine appreciation for an employee’s efforts. And with studies linking gratitude with overall wellbeing, it’s an easy way to improve the employee experience.

Not just from the C-suite

When the holiday season comes around, most employees expect a faceless ‘thank you’ from someone in the C-suite – whether it’s a company-wide email or a stock-standard Christmas card from their CEO.

But giving thanks shouldn’t be an annual chore. Rather, the words should be reserved for when they truly mean something – when a team member achieves a goal or helps a co-worker hit a challenging target.

Consistent appreciation throughout the year is what really matters most.

It can take your team to new heights

Every employee wants to impress their boss, but likewise they want their co-workers to appreciate their efforts. Building a culture around giving and receiving praise can foster greater camaraderie.

And a team that works well together delivers higher productivity – and therefore a better bottom line for the company. Be their example – not just their ‘leader’.

As with all things in business, change starts from the top. If your team sees your appreciation for fellow employees as they go about their day-to-day, they will be more likely to emulate your gratitude.

You can still be their manager in standard business activities – and you should. But when it comes to offering sincere thanks for a job well done, it’s more important to be an example.

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