Express your gratitude in writing

small__4462165397Thanksgiving is this week, so as you show thanks for all the blessings in your life, don’t forget the work your employees and coworkers do for you. A handwritten note is a very meaningful way to show others just how much you appreciate them. Use these tips:

  • Determine the best way to deliver your appreciation. Consider whether the recipient’s style is formal, casual or traditional to decide your message’s salutation, tone and method of delivery (paper or email).
  • Remain professional, but be warm and conversational. Speak from the heart.
  • Break down your message into three parts. State what prompted your note, recount an important part of the exchange and summarize what happens next. Example: “I appreciate that you take it upon yourself to coach the interns. Because of your efforts, we’ve been able to hire two of your mentees to full-time positions. We can beef up our intern program as a direct result of your efforts.”
  • Proofread and check for spelling errors. Read your words out loud to hear the tone.

— Adapted from “Five Tips to Get Maximum ROI From Saying ‘Thanks,’” Lydia Dishman, Fast Company, http://www.fastcompany.com.

 

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