Linked: There’s Power in a Little Thank You

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Really enjoyed this article from Attorney at Work, because stories like this one just go to show how important it is to acknowledge the people who work for, and with, you:

Consider the late Bob Bergland, a former U.S. secretary of agriculture and member of Congress who later worked as the general manager of an association with hundreds of employees. He was known for making the effort to learn the names of as many of those employees as he could, and for taking the time to stroll around the building every now and then to shake their hands and thank them for their service — by name.

When it came time for him to ask employees to go the extra mile, they were happy to return that goodwill.

Think about this for a second. In a mid to large law firm, or a large tech company, when the boss talks about their staff, say to a customer, how do they refer to them? Is it, I’ll get my paralegal to do that, or our “tech geeks” can take care of that? Or is it, Steve can take care of that for us, or Karen will contact you about that?

Notice the difference? One is very non-personal, to the point of not even being able to refer to a person, in fact. The other, creates a picture in the mind of one particular person who is going to be helping you.

Steve and Karen, are granted personhood within this communication. That’s not to say that they need to be granted personhood by anyone, but what it does is communicate that you see them as an individual person on your team, as opposed to just another cog in the machine. Nothing demotivates an employee like feeling like you are just another cog in the machine. That you’re just another nameless, faceless drone who is easily replaced.

Knowing who those people are, acknowledging them when they do good work, knowing what they do, and how they contribute, and valuing what they, as an individual, bring to the table goes a long way toward having a healthy work environment.

Or, you can be too important to bother with all of that, and continue to wonder why you just can’t find and keep good help.

I might have a suggestion for you.

If you want to find ways to show appreciation, the article below has got you covered. Personally, I’ve always been partial to the email or handwritten thank you for a specific action. It shows that I’m not being taken for granted, that you not only appreciate the work I do, but see a specific instance of something that you appreciate, and gives me something to save and look at on those days when I feel like I’m not at my best.

Try it, you might like it.

There’s Power in a Little Thank You

2 Responses

  1. Ken
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    You can’t reply to this from the public terminal that I’m on but enjoy Christmas and best wishes to you and the wife for a much better 2020 after everything that happened this year. I end up saying the same thing every year but despite family dramas 2019 has basically been the start of a much better direction, which I hope to get back to and continue in the new year, no need for resolutions, just improvement.

    Will definitely be in greater touch next year, the irony being I’ve been more active on a one-way terminal than I have the whole year 🙂 so that will have to change once I sort out a permanent email address that won’t keep changing or need a annual subs renewal. So hopefully neither of you will have to work this Xmas.

    • Mike McBride
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      Thanks Ken, I appreciate the greetings, and definitely be in touch when you can! Have a good Christmas yourself!

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