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You really should say thank you!

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As the year closes, take the time to personally thank those who have impacted your personal and professional life in 2010. It does not need to be elaborate, but it’s critical to your success in 2011. The people who understand the value of the words thank you and use them regularly, understand the difference between average performance and excellent performance.{{more}}

Why it counts?

When we work with the same people everyday doing the same things, good relationships are crucial. Your thank you will improve rapport with team members and create a more cohesive work team.

It contributes to an emotionally healthy work environment. Stress levels are lower because appreciation is shown regularly and that in itself is a reward.

Every business needs to not just meet the needs of the customer, but also exceed them. It’s a great way to start the process of exceeding their needs by saying thanks. The goal is to get customers to return.

Although these reasons may be common knowledge for many professionals, the challenge comes in the execution. People who are serious about their careers and business must develop a desire to always strive to achieve excellence. Standing head and shoulders above all competitors begins when the impact of these two words are understood. “Thank you”.

When to say thank you

Because appreciation can sometimes be given and received in a patronizing, condescending and even manipulative manner, ensure that your level of sincerity is governed by the best of intentions. Say thanks when:

– Customers and colleagues refer new business or even increase their own patronize.

– Employees successfully complete a project that stretched them to their limits and was a source of anxiety and stress

– Loyal customers continue to support the business in spite of the economy, competition or your business blunders

– A colleague helps you.

– Someone does something nice such as hold a door

How to express appreciation?

– A simple verbal thank you is a good start. This will let those you work with understand that you do value and appreciate them as employees.

– Send a thank you card or gift as a lasting reminder of appreciation.

– Offer discounts, gift certificates and /or other privileges

– Send a gift basket of the person’s favorites food, drink or supplies

– Express your appreciation when the reason for the thank you is still very fresh in the mind of the recipient(s).

– Demonstrate your gratitude in a timely fashion

– Although inconsiderate, a late thank you is still better than none at all.

– Regardless of why or how you choose to express appreciation be sure that the words thank you are a part of your strategy to building a sound career or business.

To the readers locally and worldwide who read Vincy Workplace and to the Searchlight family, let me say thank you for your support.

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