There are a million different personalities in every office and working relationship, but one trait is almost universal—the appreciation of being appreciated. A sincere “thank you” always goes a long way, but there are also some other easy ways to up your game when acknowledging coworkers and clients. Here are some simple and thoughtful ways to do just that.
Write a handwritten note.
We live in a time where communication is so easy, and instant gratification has become something we all expect. Emails and texts flood our computers, tablets, and smartphones.
Taking the time to put pen to paper and write a thoughtful note to people you conduct business with sends a message that you are willing to invest time and energy to connect with someone on more personal level. When crafting your note, be sure to use specific reasons why you value your relationship with the other person. Comment on a memorable experience from the last time you dined out together or note a new place you should try out for drinks the next time you are together.
Short and sweet goes a long way when you take the time to do it by hand.
Send or deliver a personalized treat.
You know how good you feel when someone gives you the ‘perfect’ gift. No matter how big or small the gesture might be, you feel as though this person really knows you. It is easy to carry this level of thoughtfulness into your professional relationships as well.
When you are in someone’s office, pay attention to little things that person keeps on the desk. Listen to comments he or she makes about a favorite drink, coffee, or snack. Keep a record of these kinds of details and use them when you want to send a gift to a coworker or clients.
Brighten someone’s day the next time you have a meeting by bringing a small token of appreciation that is tailored to his or her tastes.
Call just to say hello.
We often have standing conferences calls or meetings that we rely upon to keep in touch with our clients, vendors, and coworkers. The goals of those calls and meetings are usually task-oriented and serve a specific purpose.
Try to mix it up and call someone you do business with just to say hello. This can be a very short call, and it lets the other party know that you think of him or her outside your prescribed schedule. It’s refreshing to get a phone call that doesn’t require some sort of follow-up or approval.
If you are lucky, you will be able to hear the happiness in that person’s voice when he or she realizes you took a little time to check in simply because you value that relationship.
There are so many ways to share the love, and it’s nice to know that the hardest part is deciding which way to do it.
All you need is love, love. Love is all you need.
– The Beatles