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Take the time to say thank you.

It’s pretty simple. Just two words.light-sign-typography-lighting

Thank you.

And we fail to realize how much of a difference it can make to take the time to say thank you to our friends, family, and to our colleagues.

In the typical workplace, we work in teams. When we are collaborating with our fellow teammates, we help each other along to achieve a common goal. We need to remember to take the time to say thank you.

I was reminded of this simple concept in a blog post I read yesterday entitled Did You Say Thank You Today?

Gratitude goes a long way.

If someone has assisted you with a project, and their contribution and time meant a difference to you, take the time to thank them graciously. Even better, and this may feel awkward at first, make eye contact when saying thanks. It will be sincere. If you didn’t get a chance to thank them in person, put it in writing and make sure to send a quick email of thanks.

The best recognition you can give a colleague to thank them for their contribution, is to do so in front of their peers, at a team meeting for example.  At the weekly staff meeting in our office, we have a chance to recognize our colleagues’ efforts from the previous week; our appreciation is rewarded with a ‘kudos’.

Take the time to say thank you.

Say Thank You

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Today I received an early Birthday card from my team as they knew I would be away on my birthday. Wow, I thought, how thoughtful was that! I am thankful to have such a caring group to work with. I then emailed my gratitude to them all.

I really never thought about the benefits to my company by expressing gratitude openly. However, recently I read an article on the “Importance of Appreciation in the Workplace” and it cited the online career site, Glassdoor that stated “more than 80 percent of employees say they are motivated to work harder when their boss shows appreciation of their work.”

The article also lists a few ways you can show thanks and appreciation for employees’ work besides just using money. There are some suggestions such as an impromptu treat, lunch and even just thanking people by using their name.

Over the years, I have tried to show my appreciation by doing such things as remembering birthdays, treating the team to gelato etc.  However, one of the main ways to show appreciation was to tie the Thanks to the action in a timely manner. In the past, I would think of it, but failed to express it. I do not do this anymore or at least I try not to delay saying thanks or showing appreciation.

I hear ‘Thanks’ a lot in the office from all of us. In fact, each week we give the floor to the team in order for them to have the chance to recognize their colleagues’ efforts from the previous week; our appreciation is rewarded with a  “kudos”. To date, I believe I have a happier, appreciated team who all support each other.

 

How Thank You Letters Can Help You Get a Job Soon! – Part II

 Guest post, courtesy of a McNeill Nakamoto job seeker:

Following up from last week’s blog post, here are three examples extracted from real thank you letters to highlight the effectiveness of a thank you letter to progress your job-hunting process:

Excerpt 1 Reiterates Interest and Qualifications for the Employernotepaper and keyboard

Thank you for taking the time to talk about the opportunity at ABC Company. I appreciate learning about the energy solutions for ABC’s, cable broadband and traffic systems, along with the subsidiary for renewable energies, something that is timely and progressive for the future of our planet.

As the Eloqua Marketing Specialist for XYZ Company for 18 months, I reported to the Marketing Manager of Global Marketing Excellence – generating 1.5 million emails / month with 400,000 contacts in Eloqua and SalesForce. A quick summary of this experience:

  1. Developed, executed, tracked and reported on Eloqua and SalesForce for marketing campaigns, onboarding, tradeshows, newsletters, webinars, surveys, contests and legal notifications.
  2. Created Eloqua emails, cleaning HTML code, developed lead nurturing programs, forms and landing pages; scrubbed and uploaded .csv lists, scheduled deployments and generated reports.
  3. Trained global marketing staff in Asia Pacific and Europe new to Eloqua on building emails, scrubbing and uploading .csv lists, scheduling deployments and generating reports.

 

Excerpt 2 Follows Up With Overview and Requested Information

Thank you for meeting with me to talk about the marketing processes for branding, 3-part website redesign, collateral and other requirements.

I’m glad you like my portfolio pieces for insurance, for the reinsurance market in Bermuda, asset management  and a small business redesign.

I look forward to meeting with Mr. Employer upon his return on July 28, 29 or 30. I will bring a copy of the business assessment questionnaire and previous marketing plan with the budget for a small business.

 

Excerpt 3 Provides Missing Answer to an Important Question

The senior-level interviewer asked about how to make his company more “sexy” and they provided the reply in the thank you letter, after doing a bit of research on the company website. This resulted in a final interview.

ABC Company is well-positioned to benefit from its Environment Statement for good corporate citizenship to protect our shared environment and to communicate its importance, along with its renewable energy solutions to address our urgent climate change. And that positioning is sexy!

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An effective follow up system is extremely important in the hiring process, and a well-done thank you letter can make the difference in you landing a job sooner. So with the above tips in mind, good luck with your next job interview!

About the guest writer:

The job seeker worked with McNak recruiters to land a temporary contract in financial services for a global company, which was extended twice. After the first contract concluded after 18 months, McNak recruiters recommended her to another financial services employer locally; she was successful in the placement of a newly-created and permanent role.

 

 

How Thank You Letters Can Help You Get a Job Soon! – Part I

Guest post, courtesy of a McNeill Nakamoto job seeker:

Why “The Money is in the Follow Up” for Job Interviews? Thank You note

Just as in sales, “the money is in the follow up” for successful job hunting. Essentially, you are selling yourself as the most suitable or best-qualified candidate when there are potentially 100s of candidates. It takes discipline to write effective resumes, cover letters and thank you letters in order to stay top of mind with employers. However, a consistent and persistent effort is worth it.

Candidates who do not provide a good letter of thanks within 24 hours post interview will likely lose out to their competition. Writing a thank-you note is not only an effective way to express gratitude and good manners after an interview, but helps you stay top of mind with an employer.

Here are several more reasons for good thank you letters:

  1. Reiterate your interest in the position and in the organization.
  2. Tell the employer about your qualifications for the position. And if you forgot to mention an important fact, this is your opportunity to reveal it.
  3. Follow up with any information the employer may have asked you to provide after the interview.

Next week we will share three examples extracted from real thank you letters to highlight the effectiveness of a thank you letter to progress your job-hunting process.

About the guest writer:

The job seeker worked with McNak recruiters to land a temporary contract in financial services for a global company, which was extended twice. After the first contract concluded after 18 months, McNak recruiters recommended her to another financial services employer locally; she was successful in the placement of a newly-created and permanent role.

What are you thankful for?

CEO, therapist and life coach, Dr. Laura Trice shows us in this 3 minute TED Talk video below that genuine praise is what we all need and should not be shy to ask for.

We can all learn to apply this in the workplace, as Laura has done in her own company. The following is how she praises her employees into three categories:

1) Verbal praise, recognizing a job well done. This is also effective with vendors and customers;

2) Compensation-based praise happens here twice a year; and

3) Individual spontaneous gifts or benefits based on exceptional performance, so long as they are not overused.

I think we can all benefit when we take the time to thank someone for the work that they do.

Thank you.

Domo arigato

How often do you thank your employees for their work? I try to say ‘thanks’ daily, but for sure every few days I thank my team.

I appreciate hearing it myself so I can imagine others do too!

We all want to keep motivated and I found the simple words of gratitude are very uplifting and encouraging and I keep doing more of whatever I was thanked for.

Employee motivation is a topic all Human Resource professionals ponder – and rightly so as look at the results – Increased employee motivation leads to higher employee engagement and finally retention increases.

So, how to motivate our employees?

Unfortunately there is not an exact science nor formula.  Too bad we couldn’t just fill in a check list we created tailored to specific “types” of people.  However, just as one employee is motivated primarily by money, then another employee is not. I have staff that appreciate personal recognition for a job well done just as much as that ‘extra’ bonus available.   Motivation should be as individual as the employees who work for us.

And it doesn’t just have to be the leader that recognizes their employees. In our company, employees are given opportunities to formally thank and publicly recognize their peers for going above and beyond their regular job to support the team.

Thank you!

~ Cheryl Nakamoto

photo credit: Anemone Letterpress