The Gift of Thank You | AccountingWEB

The Gift of Thank You

Everyone loves receiving gifts. Most of us enjoy giving them; just look at how much we spend purchasing gifts for others on holidays or other special occasions. Few people, however, realize one of the greatest gifts that can be given in the workplace is also free. That gift is a simple thank you.


Advertisement


Low Cost Accounting Software Support

Provider of low cost support, consulting, training and custom report writing for MAS 90, MAS 200 and MAS 500 accounting software systems. Call us toll free at 1-866-762-3990 to learn how we can help. http://www.saveonsupport.com


Of course, there are different kinds of thank you’s. There are the sort of obligatory thank you’s said when someone holds a door, shares information, or does something else nice for us. Many times these are said without really thinking about them. To really be a gift, a thank you must mean something. Here are some tips for making thank you more meaningful:

  • Be Specific – don’t just say “thanks,” let the person you are thanking know you are paying attention by telling them what was good about whatever they did and why you appreciate it.

  • Put It in Writing – some companies have formal recognition programs that require official comment cards, others are more flexible. If no official form is needed, consider investing in some personal thank you postcards to use. Choose postcards because they can easily be posted to bulletin or memo boards. Consider making a copy of the thank you note for the person’s supervisor/manager/employer, if that person is not you. If you are the employer or manager and there is a supervisor between you and the employee, be sure to give a copy of the note to that supervisor. Depending what you are thanking the person for, you may also want to provide a copy to the human resources person or department (if there is one) to be included in their employment record.

  • Share Quantifiable Information – if you are thanking the individual for something that resulted in quantifiable results, either internally or externally, include the results in the thank you. If no results are available, don’t let that stop you from thanking the person immediately, just be sure to provide the quantifiable results when they are available. Further, if the results impacted other areas of the business, include as much information as possible about that impact and why it is important to both you and the company as a whole.

  • Do It Yourself – handwrite and deliver the thank you note yourself, preferably into the hand of the individual you are thanking.

  • Celebrate Success Publicly – this is especially important and appropriate if the person is being thanked for work on a high profile project or their work has impacted, either directly or indirectly, a large number of people.

The idea of recognizing and rewarding employees is hardly a new one. In this age of declining courtesy, saying thank you takes on added significance because people no longer expect being thanked in the normal course of things. It also indicates a personal connection between the person doing the thanking, usually someone in a position of authority, and the person being thanked, which is very important in motivating and engaging employees at all levels. It is the unexpected nature and the personal connection that makes a simple thank you one of the greatest gifts that can be given in the workplace.

Wait, there's more!
There's always more at AccountingWEB. We're an active community of financial professionals and journalists who strive to bring you valuable content every day. If you'd like, let us know your interests and we'll send you a few articles every week either in taxation, practice excellence, or just our most popular stories from that week. It's free to sign up and to be a part of our community.
Premium content is currently locked

Editor's Choice

WHAT KIND OF FIRM ARE YOU?
As part of our continued effort to provide valuable resources and insight to our subscribers, we're conducting this brief survey to learn more about your personal experiences in the accounting profession. We will be giving away five $50 Amazon gift cards, and a $250 Amazon gift card to one lucky participant.
This is strictly for internal use and data will not be sold
or shared with any third parties.