Thank You Isn’t A Four Letter Word – Showing Gratitude In The Workplace

February 20, 2013 — 5 Comments

Showing Appreciation At Work

Saying Thank You is fairly common.  Saying Thanks is even more common; so much so that it’s almost meaningless.  We often say it in passing as a gesture or a platitude.  So, how do you really say “THANK YOU” so that your true gratitude is expressed?  Here’s an idea that when practiced will revolutionize your ability to pass on your appreciation!

A while back, a fellow blogger and Entreleader named Matt Mcwilliams wrote a post called, “The Thank You Revolution”.  Matt’s post was inspiring, but I have to admit that I didn’t really take it to heart.  It was about writing Thank You notes.  Thank You notes weren’t sexy or new.  This was old hat.  I did that years ago when I was younger and more energetic.

Then, I saw him write about it again and read the comments.  People were getting really pumped about this.  What’s up with that, I thought?

Once I started thinking about it, I realized that I hadn’t received a Thank You note…pretty much ever.  If someone was to do that for me (and really mean it), it would be special.  I’d probably tear up and get all warm and fuzzy inside.  That just doesn’t happen at work, right?

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And then the light bulb went off!  If I could spend a few minutes once a week making people feel appreciated, why not give it a shot?

So, I did it.  Bear in mind that this was very recently.  The reaction was nothing less than amazing!  Here’s what my first recipient said:

“I’ve been at this company for close to 14 years.  This is pretty much the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me here.”

This is coming from a guy that is, let’s just say more of a comedian than a poet.  It touched him and it touched me.  And it wasn’t contrived; this guy deserved it!  He was working his tail off and nobody was showing him the appreciation he deserved.  I feel very blessed to have been able to show him the gratitude I felt for his work and dedication.  Took me five whole minutes.

So, I’m in!  Even though I’ve got my own revolution here, I just joined another one…”The Thank You Revolution”!

Question: Are you brave enough to start a revolution in your work, family, or circle of friends?  Got five minutes?

Matt also has an ebook that I would recommend on this topic.  If you have a chance to check it out, you’ll be glad you did!



  • Great post! Matt’s Thank You Revolution has had a huge impact on me, and I’m beginning to see the impact on my company. Keep it up!

    • BOBWIN1

      Thanks for the words of encouragement Jon!

      I read your story in the ebook. Great stuff! Your team is lucky to have you!

      This seems so simple and costs so little to execute. It’s pretty incredible the impact it has on the Thanker AND the Thankee!

      I already have a follow up story to this also…so stay tuned! 😉

  • I love this Bob!

    The stories we are hearing from the Thank You Revolution are inspiring and often almost surreal. Who knew? Certainly not me 🙂


    I know what you mean. I just want to keep the ball rolling and see where He takes it!

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