As a manager, I’m sure you realize your team is the biggest contributor to your success. You realize that we power is more than me power, and that it’s the team that’s irreplaceable, and not you.
So how do you give them the thanks they deserve, without blowing the budget?
WARNING: The meaning behind the gift is FAR MORE IMPORTANT than the gift itself, and a meaningless gift can just as easily be a 7 day vacation as a thank you card. If you don’t put any meaning behind the gift, please don’t use any of these gifts on your team, and turn in your resignation today.
- Get a $10 gift card to their favorite place to grab a cup of coffee or smoothy – Paying attention to where your associate’s enjoy relaxing and then giving them a gift card so they can enjoy it more is a very thoughtful gift, especially when given with a warm smile, eye contact, and a personal “thank you for all you do to make our team better.”
- Send them home an hour early, or let them come in an hour late, or let them take an extra hour for lunch, and you cover their responsibilities including their phone, one day in the next 2 weeks – We’re nearing the Christmas season, and folks will want to beat the shoppers rush. Say thanks with an extra 60 minutes of shopping, or just sanity time. This is especially nice if folks are running low on time off.
- Take someone to lunch with you today – You’ve got to eat, so why not eat with your team? Taking along someone from your team says you care enough to spend your personal time with someone who reports to you. Most superstars would agree that time with their manager is scarce, especially personal time, so share some of yours and don’t talk about work (unless your associate brings it up).
- Hand write a thank you card with a specific reason for the thanks – Nothing says thanks like a hand written thank you card with a specific note of thanks from you, the boss. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just put your associate’s name at the top, say thanks and why you’re thankful, sign your name, and be done with it.
Last but best…
- Have your boss hand write a thank you card with a specific reason for saying thanks. Same impact as above, only greater because it comes from YOUR boss. You may need to help your boss find something specific to say thanks about, but if you’re doing a good job of letting your boss know the good things in addition to the bad things your team does, this is one of the simplest, and most impactful, things you can do.
What about you? What cost effective tips do you have for giving thanks to your team? Do you agree that, if administered correctly, that these 5 tips can be effective or am I all wet?
[Phil Gerbyshak makes time to thank his team for their hard work every week.]