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Thank you words for employees
September 09, 2019 Anniversary Wishes No comments

I've been wondering how to thank you for all your hard work. My words can never be enough to praise your actions because your work.

Some old school cynics may argue that you get paid to do your job. Salary, benefits, etc. 9-5 get your work done. No “thanks” necessary. I believe in showing employees appreciation and saying thank you. From a civility and common courtesy perspective and for motivation to do their best.

In many cases, we spend more time with our coworkers than we do with our family. The “daily grind” can be exhausting and difficult. Having a culture where employees are appreciated can help employees through challenging times. It is important for ej4 and important for all of our clients. I think that is one reason why they invest in training.

We all handle a wide spectrum of work that covers small daily tasks, bigger projects, and efforts that go above and beyond. The methods of appreciation and thanks run across a spectrum as well. Some require a budget. Others just require thought and effort.


Office environment

Let’s start with the day-to-day. The environment in your office surrounds employees every day. It’s constant. It is there when you are not. It sends a message from day one for a new hire and day 3,650 for your veterans. Small gestures are meaningful and show gratitude.

At ej4, we need to be creative on a daily basis. We want our employees to feel appreciated so they can produce the most creative and engaging training solutions in the industry. Maybe a handful of chocolate covered almonds can help get them through an afternoon writer's block or design slump. Other ideas include:

  • Offer snacks, soda, coffee to maintain energy throughout the day.
  • Allow pets in the office to make people smile and relax.
  • Provide standing desks for physical relief and proper ergonomics.
  • Provide ping pong, shuffleboard or foosball so employees can connect, take a break, and reset.
  • Open up your training library so employees can find the courses they need in the moment of need (shameless plug).
  • Allow flexible hours so employees can plan their tasks according to their energy levels.
  • Offer the choice to work from home in the event of a sick child or home repair.

Day-to-day

Outside of formal recognition programs with certificates and awards, what can you do to thank individual employees for excellent work on daily tasks and big projects?

  • Simple, common courtesy, say thank you in the moment.
  • Write a thank you note or email.
  • Call them out in the team meeting or in writing in a team email.
  • Privately thank them face-to-face.

Going above and beyond

We all know in most companies it takes more than 40 hours a week to get things done. We need employees to go above and beyond sometimes. Not everyone will and that is ok. Think of the bell curve with your A, B, and C players. When someone does give you that discretionary effort, you have to say a larger thank you. I've seen things like this:

  • Run client packages to the airport FedEx before it closes at 8 pm.
  • Work overnight for scheduled technology launches.
  • Give up an entire Saturday to be in a company video with no promise of pay or comp time.

Larger gestures of thanks:

  • If the schedule and workload allow, offer comp time.
  • Write a LinkedIn recommendation or an official note for their HR file.
  • Pizza party. For some reason, pizza is a popular food for recognition. Why is that?
  • Team lunch at a nicer restaurant with table cloths and dinner entrees.
  • Group outing at a sporting event with food and adult beverages.
  • Reserved parking spots from executives.

No budget for "thank you's"?

In my career, I have worked for several companies whose business went through very dark times. We’ve all been there. Declining revenue, budgets being slashed, and lay-offs pending. You still need employees to give 110% to have any chance at turning things around. Employees can sense the stress of management. They notice when groups of lawyers start showing up. They can get distracted and disheartened. So, how do you show appreciation and say thank you in this environment?

  • Keep a positive attitude at work and keep your team focused on the priorities.
  • Day-to-day simple thanks you’s in person and in email.
  • Encourage work-life balance and stress management.

A few more involved ideas

All of these examples came from my colleagues and I. They are real-life examples of us, as managers, spending our own time and money to make our teams feel appreciated and thanked. 

  • Prize drawer
    • I bought $5 gift cards and dollar store items. When a special thank you was in order, my team members got to choose something from the prize drawer. (Kind of like at the dentist when I was a kid.)
  • Office Luau 
    • We all brought in festive food for breakfast and lunch.
    • We bought a Luau bowling set (coconuts and pineapples) and created a bracket tournament.
    • Hula hoop contest.
    • We bought these weird, little, tiki toothpicks and hid them around the office. We offered a prize for the person who found the most. People were wildly competitive and had a great time.
  • Christmas in July food day
    • We all brought in Christmassy food.
    • We bought fun, random items from the dollar store and wrapped them so each employee got a “present.”
    • Not to be confused with our Christmas in July FUNdraiser.
  • Movie lunch
    • Over two days, we watched the movie "Napoleon Dynamite" in the conference room with our own "brown bag" lunches.
I think the message here is that a thank you does not have to be extravagant to be meaningful. It just has to be genuine. Silly putty or a glow stick from a dollar store can bring a little joy and show appreciation. And so can a smile and two simple words: "thank you."

Related Training

ej4 offers a variety of training videos related to the suggestions in this blog. They are from our Business Skills Library. Calling out these courses for your employees can show care, concern, and gratitude, especially when the more elaborate ideas really aren't an option for you.

  • Ergonomics: If your budget doesn't allow for standing desks, you could offer our full series on Ergonomics that covers chair position, eye strain, your workspace, and stretching.
  • Managing Time vs. Energy: If your company is unable to offer flexible hours, this course can still help employees use their time effectively and prioritize work around their energy.
  • Creating Civility in the Workplace: Everyone's Responsibility: This course reviews common courtesy and highlights behaviors people may not realize are harmful or hurtful.
  • Staying Positive: We can all use simple reminders on how to say positive. This course gives tips on how to handle negative factors. 
  • Thank You Notes: This is becoming a lost art. Our course provides six quick tips on how to write a meaningful thank you note. 

You can view all of the courses I mention in a free trial of our Thinkzoom LMS, or you can request a free demo and one of our sales representatives will show them to you.

 

But a decade later, the words have stuck with me, not only when people hold the Turns out, saying thank you to your boss, co-workers, and the people who.

Thank you to employees – Team and Individual Thank You Note Examples

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Thank You Messages to Employees

A leader in an organization can only be as effective as the employees who serve in the critical roles that carry out the organization's mission. Pay doesn't always correlate with importance of the work that people do. If an environmental services staff person does great work, the impression left on customers who enter the facility will be protected and other staff people will be more effective. This page includes examples of what to write in thank you cards and longer notes to employees who deserve a thank you.

Brief Thank You Card Messages to Employees

  1. Thanks for all that you do.
  2. You don't hear it often enough. Thanks!
  3. I wish I could clone you. I can always count on you to get things done.
  4. You consistently exceed my expectations!
  5. The work we do is not easy, and you do with with a great attitude and teamwork.
  6. It's a pleasure having employees like you.
  7. I've asked a lot of you lately and you've worked hard to meet my demands. Thanks for being willing to take on extra work when we're busy.
  8. You make me look good with all of your hard work.
  9. Thank you for making my job of managing you easy. I am grateful to have you as part of our team.
  10. I know that I ask a lot of my employees and you consistently deliver results.
  11. Thanks for going above and beyond. I can count on you to exceed my expectations when I give you a task.
  12. It's a pleasure to manage you. You make my job easy when many employees create extra work for their bosses.
  13. I appreciate that you have the motivation, energy, and creativity to carry out our mission with innovation and dedication.
  14. You deserve a raise. I hope to one day give you the raise you deserve and you'll be able to stop asking me.
  15. Thanks for working so many extra hours. I don't know what we would've done without the extra help with all the extra seasonal business.

Wording for Longer Thank You Notes to Employees

Some situations deserve a longer note of thanks. It's best if the note can be hand-written to show that time was taken in writing the note. Notes also provide the opportunity to include more details about the situation and why the employee is being thanked. Use these as models for thanking staff for their customer service, years of service, or other accomplishments. Add individual qualities about the employee to elaborate and make the note more personal.
For Great Customer Service:
"I want to thank you for going above and beyond with your customer service. I've received positive feedback about your interactions. It's not always easy to satisfy customers with the kinds of requests they make. There are times when it takes creativity and drive to exceed customer expectations. You're willing to take a risk without having to ask a lot of questions. You treat customers as if you're the owner of the company."

"Thank you for handling that difficult customer with all the specific questions and requests. Not many employees could have handled the complexity the way you did. You approached the challenge with willingness and grace. I'll keep you in mind as my own consultant for customer service. Thanks for being a role model."

For Retirement:
"Thank you for your dedication and (number) years of service. I didn't have the pleasure of working with you for all of those years, but I can see how your contribution over the years has helped build our business toward what it is now. You deserve a wonderful retirement. I wish you the best."

For an Award or Recognition:
"Congratulations on a job well done. I've known that you are a producer of amazing work, and it's good to see you get the recognition you deserve. Thanks for being one of the best employees here. You raise the bar for everyone."

"I was honored to be asked to present the award to you. I am happy to see someone so deserving receive it. Thank you for being who you are, an amazing employee who looks for opportunities to go above and beyond in everything."
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Thank you messages for employees: Thank you notes to show appreciation

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What Should Appreciation Messages and Appreciation Notes Express?

You may choose to send your appreciation message through a personalized thank you letter, a business letter format, or as an email, depending on need and requirement. The choice of words in a appreciation message should be well-expressed and sincere. Express gratitude truthfully. You need to convey the message of appreciation in a clear and concise manner. The person receiving the appreciation note should realize and understand what you are thanking them for. Use words that are impactful and relatable to your employees. Words of praise should highlight the broader accomplishments as a team or individual. Make sure you proofread your appreciation message or appreciation note before sending it to the concerned person.

The lines below provide a diverse list of appreciation messages that inspire and encourage employees. You can use the appreciation messages and appreciation notes as ideas to come up with your own unique blend of sincere words of praise.

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20+ Best Employee Appreciation Messages To Motivate Your Workforce

thank you words for employees

The corporate world is a tough place to survive! With the ever-so-demanding work culture of the 21st century, today’s employees are at the office 24/7, always connected, always available on mails or calls. The employer’s expectations are also unappeasable, in the middle of all this the employer needs to step and keep his resources happy for a long association. The key to a happy employee is constant appreciation with Employee Appreciation Day Inspirational Quotes, Employee Appreciation Day Thank You Messages For Employees, Thank You Note From A Boss To Employee.

 

As Ian Hutchinson very wisely said – “Your number one customers are your people. Look after employees first and then customers last.”

 

To inspire the same spirit of mutual respect and appreciation here are some wonderful employee appreciation messages that’ll boost the spirit of your employees and foster a long-term professional relationship:

 

  1. A perfect employee is the one who inspires his boss as much as his boss inspires him. Thanks for being my inspiration.

  1. Thanks for being an employee who is as hungry for challenges and excellence as much as for recognition and promotions.

  1. I just wanted to let you know that having you on our team makes all the difference. Thanks for all you do.

  1. I hold you in HIGH regard because you have created HIGH benchmarks for other employees with your HIGH quality work. Thank you.

  1. I’ll bet you didn’t think anyone noticed all that you do. That’s why it’s important that I take this moment to say thanks so much.

  1. I’ve been wondering how to thank you for all your hard work.

  1. You deserve a RAISE because the number of sales you make RAISES the morale of your colleagues. Thank you.

  1. It’s been so busy lately, but there is always time to stop and say thanks for your help.

  1. The walls of our office would be weakened without your presence. Thank you for standing strong.

  1. It’s time to stop and say thanks for your dedication.

  1. Your contribution to the company’s growth may be measured in targets and KPIs but your contribution on the office floor is measured in the positive feedback I receive from your colleagues. Thank you and congratulations for winning the appreciation of your teammates.

  1. Just wanted to write a note to say, “Thank you for the fantastic job you do every day.

  1. Employees like you are the epitome of professionalism. Thank you for bringing your best to work every single day.

  1. Our sincerest thanks for the contribution you have made to our company.

  1. Sincerest thanks for all your dedication and hard work.

  1. Your enthusiasm is a personality trait that cannot be learnt and a skill which cannot be taught. Thank you for being the life of the workplace.

  1. The service you provided exceeded all expectations, and guarantees a continuing successful relationship.

  1. The new insight you provided was the greatest victory in the effort.

  1. The service you provided exceeded all expectations and guarantees a continuing successful relationship.

  1. We know how busy you have been. Thanks for all your hard work.

  1. Your desire and willingness fuel our mutual efforts and lead us to success.

  1. Your ‘Whatever it takes attitude’ has made all the difference in this effort.

  1. My words can never be enough to praise your actions because your work always meets my expectations. Thank you.

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