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How to express gratitude at work

· 5 minute read

· 5 minute read

5 ways tax professionals and accountants can show gratitude at work

The power of gratitude

You probably say “Hey, thanks” several times a day. It’s a common way to show courtesy and appreciation in everyday interactions. You might also use “Thanks” in your email signature or send a “thank you” emoji to your colleagues. But what if you want to express a deeper level of gratitude at work? How do you show your employees, peers, and even your bosses that you truly value their support and contribution?

Gratitude is more than just being polite. It’s also a powerful way to enhance your well-being, reduce stress, and build resilience. It can even make you more patient and productive. When you thank others, you acknowledge that they have made a positive difference in your life. Research shows that living a grateful life can improve your heart health, sleep quality, and mental health.

Of course, your gratitude also benefits the people you thank. They feel recognized and appreciated for their efforts, which boosts their morale and motivation. Most people do their work diligently without expecting applause. They assume their work is valuable. But when you say “thank you” out loud, you remind them that they matter to you and the organization.

And in a time when employee retention is crucial, your gratitude can help your staff or colleagues stay loyal and engaged.


How to express gratitude effectively at work

So, how do you say thank you in a way that is sincere and impactful? Here are some tips to help you express your gratitude at work:

  1. Be specific. Don’t just say “Good job” or “Thanks for everything.” Tell them what you appreciate and why. For example, “Thank you for staying late to finish the report. Your dedication and attention to detail are impressive.”
  2. Be timely. Don’t wait too long to express your gratitude. The sooner you thank someone, the more meaningful it is. Try to thank them within a day or two of their action, or even sooner if possible.
  3. Be personal. While email and text messages are convenient, they can also be impersonal and easily overlooked. Whenever possible, thank someone in person or over the phone. Use their name and make eye contact or use a warm voice. This shows that you care enough to make an effort.
  4. Be genuine. Don’t overdo it or sound insincere. Express your gratitude in a way that matches your personality and the relationship you have with the person. Avoid using clichés or exaggerations. Just be honest and heartfelt.
  5. Be public. Sometimes, it’s appropriate to thank someone in front of others. This can amplify the impact of your gratitude and inspire others to follow your example. You can thank someone during a meeting, in a newsletter, on an internal company discussion board, or on a social media platform. Just make sure you have their permission and respect their privacy.


The gratitude cycle

A simple thank you can have a powerful impact. When someone expresses their appreciation or acknowledgment for your work, you’re more likely to share that gratitude with others. Those positive emotions can ripple through your organization. If saying thank you is part of your company’s culture, that appreciation can circulate in any direction.


Who can you thank today?


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