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Susan M. Heathfield

Recognize the Power of Thank You Letters?

By October 25, 2013

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Make workplaces more supportive and civil by spreading the practice of writing thank you notes, letters, and emails. You don't need to be a manager or supervisor to write thank you letters.

In fact, thank you letters from coworkers can make your day just as effectively. Most of us have 50 things or more a day that we could thank another person for providing. From great lunch companionship to good advice on approaching a knotty work problem, why not take a minute to put your thoughts in writing for your colleague?

These sample thank you emails offer a variety of examples of brief, thoughtful thank you letters. They reinforce what you'd like to see more of from your coworker or reporting staff member.

But, they also have the potential to make a person's day. I have a folder at About.com in my email program that is filled with eleven years of thank you letters from readers. I save them. So do your colleagues at work. I admit that I rarely re-read them, but knowing that they're there is enough.

Thank you letters from executive leaders are powerful, too. They make employees feel special because you noticed them. Do more, not less with thank you letters. How about writing one thank you letter a week, to start? You'll be surprised - but thrilled - at the impact they have on your culture and work environment.

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