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5 Ways to Thank Your Team for a Good Job Done!

December 21, 2015

Employees deserve to be recognised for their hard efforts, talent and skills when a job gets done successfully. Most team leaders and managers seem to ignore this duty of thanking the team for their dedication and commitment exemplified to accomplish goals within a specific time period.

Recognising good work has significant pay offs besides talent retention which is well taken care of. This one thoughtful step can make employees feel valued for their contributions. According to the Globoforce Mood Tracker Survey, “80% of workers who have been appreciated are staying the course with their companies. Conversely, 55% of employees would leave their companies for another company that has a formal recognition program.”

The most effective way to curb attrition and employee turnover is by introducing employee recognition programs in place, wherein top performers are appreciated for their contributions and rewarded accordingly with bonuses, pay rise and promotions.

Workforce that feels appreciated and respected, tend to be more motivated towards their jobs and careers. Such employees showcase better engagement levels and are more committed towards their jobs, focusing on performance and productivity as the end results.

Polite words of kindness such as “Thank you” helps boost employee morale, build strong positive relationships at work and has a direct correlation with a worker’s intent to look for a new job.

Here are simple ways to thank efforts of your team and build positive relationships at work:

  1. Always be kind, humble and nice to your colleagues, bosses and co-workers. Be personal and specific when you thank a member of your team, and do not postpone this activity of thanking to the day next. Pause between your work for a moment and make time to appreciate the individual for his contributions.

See: Do You Wonder Why Your Co-workers Hate You?

  1. Extend thankfulness to the entire team, besides the specific individual alone. Since team work is the key to success, and every small contribution by a member makes a difference to the final task accomplished. When you learn to thank, your colleagues tend to reciprocate the same gesture and lend a helping hand in times of need.
  2. Be consistent with thanking but not after every second job done. Learn to thank consistently to motivate your team’s endeavours, however overdoing it after every single task/activity can sometimes sounds strange and showy. Keep gestures such as thanking and sorry to feel genuine in nature, instead of making it sound like a word to conclude at the end of every task executed by the team or its members.
  3. While there are top key performers in every team, who tend to get appreciated and recognised often. This maybe the reason they keep up the consistency levels in performance. However, make those seldom appreciated to be felt valued through praises on occasions when they put their best foot forward. This will make them feel they are noticed and valued by the higher-ups and management.
  4. Offer team members a chance to pick and choose the projects they would like to work on. Team members when they buy into a project, they put their hearts and souls into accomplishing the tasks within the stipulated time frame. Talk about phenomenal individual contributions during team meetings and narrate their story and accomplishments to other team members, colleagues, bosses and co-workers. This will create healthy competition at work and make the member feel recognised, appreciated and valued on job.

Learn to master the art of saying “thank you” at the right time to cheer up the crowd or motivate employees. It can work wonders, when dopamine released in the brains of individuals can oomph up their confidence levels and bring about feelings of joy, satisfaction and pride. Do not be reluctant to praise, go ahead and make a minute difference to witness change.

Also read: How to Avoid Feeling Threatened by New Hire at Work?

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