This is the perfect time to thank workers for their contributions. Of course, there are no rules or formal guidelines that bosses have to follow in the workplace, however, they should use common sense leadership skills that include positive reinforcement, and they should never forget to say T.H.A.N.K.S.
How to Say T.H.A.N.K.S.
T– Training: Employees are often tense and uncertain about their job performance. Offer them opportunities for training, and give them praise and recognition while in training. This will help them relax, and it will make them feel confident about developing their skills. It’s a good idea to reward workers for successful completion of training. This can be done by awarding certificates of completion, highlighting recently acquired skills or knowledge.
H– Hard Work: Recognize employees who work long hours and are always at work on time. Praise workers who are willing to work extra hours to meet deadlines. Bonuses for job performance or attendance are appropriate thanks.
A– Admiration: Tell workers how much they’re admired and respected for their excellent performance. A note from management, delivered in person, with a hardy handshake along with a heartfelt “thank you,” can lift the morale of the entire department.
N– Never: Bosses must never underestimate the power of positive reinforcement in the workplace.
K– Kudos: Give praise and honor to workers for their loyalty and trust.
S– Satisfaction: Bosses should congratulate workers for above average job performance. Supervisors might even treat coworkers to lunch at a favorite local restaurant.
**Note: Bosses should treat coworkers with dignity and respect, and show gratitude all the time, not just on Employee Appreciation Day. Go out and tell your team how much you appreciate them. A small gesture, and a few minutes out of your day, can make a world of difference in someone’s life.
Carolyn Kennard is a Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions in the Houston – Galveston area. She conducts job search skills seminars throughout the 13 county Gulf Coast region. Before embarking on a career in workforce development, Carolyn achieved success in marketing and training with a major oil company. Carolyn holds a B.A. degree from Virginia State University and an M.A. degree from Prairie View A&M University.