I was watching the news recently and saw a report about a science fair being hosted at the Whitehouse for students. As President Barack Obama discussed the event in front of reporters, I was struck by something that he said. He stated that he had given all of the students some homework. Their assignment was to find a teacher who had made an impact on their lives and to thank them. This is a very important principle that managers and supervisors (and quite frankly all people) should observe.
As a leader, when is the last time that you said “thank you” to one of your employees? No, not the standard and polite “thank you” that you issue 20 times a day, but a heartfelt “thank you” to those who work hard and never complain. Who is the person in your building that makes life easier for everyone (front desk receptionist, janitor, temporary employee) but who tends to be the most underappreciated? Today, I issue you homework. I want you to find someone in your organization and give them a heartfelt “thank you” for their dedication and commitment. Showing genuine appreciation to your staff is a simple method that can build loyalty in your organization.
After you complete your assignment, go to our Facebook Page and let us know who you appreciate (you don’t have to list their name) and why. We look forward to your comments.