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Thank you is an expression that a person shares with another person letting them know that they appreciate something that they have done. It’s most likely that you have a fellow co-worker that has helped you in some way, whether it was with a business or personal matter. When you are work there is a time and place for everything, especially a thank you. A thank you can get take you far and here are a few ways to show that you appreciate them:
You can do it the old fashioned way that your mother taught you, hand write a thank you note on an actual card. Even though a handwritten thank you card is more personable, sending short and friendly thank you email is just as acceptable, especially this day in age.
Thank them in person using your words. When you thank them, tell them what you are thankful for and how it was beneficial and why you appreciate it. You can do this either in a meeting, at the water cooler or at your lunch break. Don’t forget to make eye contact and smile.
Actions: You have always heard that actions speak louder than words, and they can. Extend a friendly handshake, pat on the back or something as simple as a smile. Physical touch is fine as long as you don’t cross work rules and boundaries. Also don’t be afraid to extend a helping hand as well.
If you have a friendly relationship with your co-worker and feel that a thank you letter will not do, think about taking your thank you a step further. A small token of appreciation like a gift card to their favorite coffee place is perfectly acceptable. It does not have to be a monetary gift, if you have a book at home that you think they may like, give it to them letting you know you thought about them. Making it personal like this will leave a lasting impression and leave your friendly coworker wanting to help you more in the future. Remember when you are saying thank you be sure to mention why you appreciate it. Gracias, Merci, Danke, however you say it, just make sure you say it. Now go out there and pay it forward.
About the Author: This Guest post is by Christine Kane, a graduate of Communication and Journalism. She enjoys writing about a wide-variety of subjects including internet provider for different blogs. She can be reached via email at: Christi.Kane00@gmail.com