Written by contributing blogger, Tammy Luksich.
In the spirit, of giving “thanks,” it’s important to recognize those who have helped facilitate success in the workplace. As an individual grows and develops into a professional, certain behaviors and actions yield positive, and sometimes, negative results. One might think, it’s “easy” to give praise and gratitude for a job well done. But sometimes, especially when working in a complex organization, recognizing the “little things” is much easier said than done. Here are a few simple ways to give praise to those that help facilitate your success.
Identify the little things that matter most.
Sometimes when working in a group, one of the easiest things to focus one thing that went wrong. However, when compiling lots of information and massaging copious amounts of content focus on one thing that went right. Why did it go right and who was the individual responsible for this action? Commend that individual and their effort to make your job easier.
Offer genuine gratitude.
It’s easy to say, “John, great job, today!” Wow. Way to provide a boring blanket statement to your colleague. Next time you feel someone has really done a great job, expand the gesture by being more direct with your compliment. “John, your ability to articulate what the customer was saying was admirable. Thank you for your assistance.” Be sincere and grateful, without being overbearing. The authenticity of your compliment will shine through.
Be frequent with your phrase – but not too frequent.
Saying “thanks” is a common courtesy. Saying genuine thanks should be like salt, used to enhance or boost morale. Too much “thanks” may come across as insincere, fake or salty. Interpersonal relationships are important. Treat them as such. Don’t over or underdo it. If someone deserves a token of gratitude, give it to them, but don’t unload the entire piggy bank.
Don’t play the title game.
Just because an individual has a title that may imply power or superiority – that doesn’t mean you can’t give phrase to them or vice versa. Oftentimes, titles can be interpreted too superficially, which can kill the ability to connect with someone else in your organization. The best way to cultivate a working relationship and build rapport is by humanizing yourself and connecting with others – below you, alongside you, or above you in the workplace. It breaks down barriers and promotes open collaboration.
Gratitude is the best attitude.
The Law of Attraction states, “you attract into your life whatever you think about.” Therefore, if you’re thinking about positive, productive things while providing praise to the right people, naturally, you will attract similar behaviors and energy into your life. One small, easy way to do this is by writing a thank you card. Make it personal. Someone took time out of their day to do something for you. Thank them with a card. The concept is simple. Give phrase to those who help facilitate your success and that behavior will continue to reciprocate itself as you progress down the professional continuum.