How To Say Thank You Like You Really Mean It

Ever receive a compliment from someone, or they say thank you to you, and you start questioning how sincere they really are with what they said?

While you might not be right all the time it seems science has picked up on this intuitive ability we have.

Karyn Fish, from McGill University, and her colleagues, outline in their “The sound of (in)sincerity” research, how we have a pretty good ear for identifying genuine praise and recognition. (more…)

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Kids Teach Us How To Say Thank You

 

Kids have a way of saying things right from the heart. Watch this cool video that Target and BuzzFeed created two years ago. Put these kids’ simple message of saying thanks into practice in your life.

How often should you give people recognition? Learn from Rideau's Chief Learning Officer, Roy Saunderson and discover research and best practices for giving real recognition the right way where you work.

Posted by Rideau, Inc. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017

How Often Should You Give Recognition?

Check out my first Facebook Live where I provide answers to this question from research and best practices so you can come away with some helpful ideas going forward to help you and those in your company.

Learn To Receive Thanks and Recognition the Right Way

Employees, on average, are not recognized as frequently as they would like to be according to Gallup.

So when you’re being acknowledged for something, don’t negate the very recognition you do receive by giving some weak or negative comeback comment.

You’ve likely heard the following scenarios around you. You might even have fallen into the trap of doing them too.

Someone thanks you for great work you did earlier in the day.

“Thanks so much for the quick turnaround with getting ABC Company’s shipment out the door. I know the ABC general manager will be singing our praises tomorrow because of this.”

But you end up giving a weak reply like one of the following:

“That’s all right.”

 “Don’t mention it.”

“Not at all.”

“It was nothing.” (more…)

Recognition Tip #41: Give great gimmicky gadgets.

You likely will find these nifty gadgets in the most unusual of places. You might be at a country market or specialty gift store. Check out Pinterest for unique home, office, and technology gadget and gizmo ideas you can buy online. Some things are just a respectful joke or toy items to be played with. Others are quite original and useful. Make sure to accompany any gadget gifts you give people with a fun and acknowledging message. All work and no play can make us all a little dull at times!

 

You’ve Got To Really Know What You’re Thanking People For

Never give a person an empty thank you.

You may have experienced the kind of thank you I’m talking about at some point in your life.

What is an empty thank you?

This is when a manager or immediate supervisor thanks an employee without being fully aware of all that was involved with the task being acknowledged. It is hollow gratitude and means very little or nothing at all. (more…)

Recognition Tip #40: Build in consistent, one-on-one, feedback time.

By holding frequent one-on-one meetings with each of your staff you will capture great examples of performance that merits immediate or formal recognition. This will also give you an opportunity to get to know your team members better and understand their personality and recognition preferences. Remember recognition is strengthened when you build positive relationships.

Recognition Tip #39: Let them eat cake.

Whether a birthday or workplace celebration, a decorated cake with a message on it can be shared with almost everyone. Consider ice cream cakes in the summer. Make note of any personal allergy or diet restrictions and accommodate with a substitute treat.

 

Why Time Is An Excuse For Not Giving Recognition

I promise this will not surprise you.

From my learning sessions and surveys, the number one reason people give me for not giving recognition to peers, employees and managers is “time”.

I’ve confirmed this explanation from managers across North America, Europe, Middle East and India. Managers in thirteen countries in total all claim they don’t have time to recognize one another.

But is that the real reason? What’s stopping those you work with, and maybe even yourself, from recognizing the people where you work?

I don’t think time is the reason. (more…)

Be a positive emissary for recognition.

Talk up the positive power of reinforcing people’s actions and encourage others to recognize those you work with. The most powerful weapon against negativity towards employee recognition is speaking positively about it. It’s so much more fun to emulate a positive attitude by setting the right example.