“Thank you.” It’s such a simple thing to say, but it’s incredibly powerful. If you’re a supervisor or in a similar leadership position, a show of appreciation for your team can be even more motivating and loyalty-building than money.
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The Harvard Business Review quotes Mary Kay Ash, who put it this way: “There are two things people want more than sex and money: recognition and praise.”
Saying thanks isn’t mind-blowing advice, but I bet there are plenty of organisations where “thank you” could be said much more often. HBR offers these tips for showing appreciation more effectively:
- Set aside time every week to acknowledge people’s good work.
- Handwrite thank-you notes whenever you can. The personal touch matters in the digital age.
- Punish in private; praise in public. Make the public praise timely and specific.
- Remember to cc people’s supervisors. “Don’t tell me. Tell my boss.”
- Foster a culture of gratitude. It’s a game changer for sustainably better performance.
For more on the magic of these two words in the workplace, check out the article below.
The Two Most Important Words [Harvard Business Review]