- If you’re ever feeling under-appreciated at work, remember that official thank-yous often go those who ask for them.
- “…when you dig into the research, you find that gratitude journals don’t always work—some studies show incredible benefits, others not so much.” Jason Marsh, via the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.
- “Whenever someone gives you their time, advice, or a helping hand, it’s more than enough reason to genuinely thank them.” Business etiquette pro Jacqueline Whitmore on professional gratitude.
- “Though it might be tempting to fire off a quick thank you e-mail…true expressions of gratitude should be written the old school way — with pen and paper.” Ten tips for writing the perfect thank you, via John Kralik. (I’m adding his book about his epic thank-you note project to my reading list.)
- I recently made a couple of introductions for a young woman I work with, and she thanked me. After her meetings, she sent quick notes to thank me — and telling me how the conversations went. I was delighted, and realized that I need to make this a more consistent practice, myself.
- “Nearly 40% of employees surveyed indicated that unfairness or mistreatment played a major role in their decision to leave their company, and underrepresented men were most likely to leave due to unfairness.” Via the Kapor Center’s 2017 Tech Leavers Survey.
- One source of unfairness at work: inaccurate or incomplete performance evaluations. “In November, it ’s tough to remember great victories that happened back in January. This so-called recency effect is a common problem when you write a review from scratch at year-end.” Team leaders: make a practice of keeping notes on your people’s achievements, year round. More in my guide on managing the performance review process.
- “At any given company, it’s not uncommon for employees to feel that their best efforts are routinely ignored.” Employee Recognition: Low Cost, High Impact, via Gallup.
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