Management Tip of the Day: Thank yous go a long way

Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:32am EST
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Say thank you even for routine things, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"There is far too little praise and appreciation in most work environments. Even those who are good about giving positive feedback can tend to reserve it for 'above and beyond' moments. Yet, the routine work that people are expected to do every day often goes unnoticed and underappreciated.

Genuine gratitude goes a long way in engaging people and binding them together.

Once a week, say thank you to an employee. Don't only focus on the extra mile they may have gone, but on the ordinary things they do to make your team, unit, or company hum.

Be specific: explain the behavior or task that you are grateful for and the positive impact it has on you and the company."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "Thank You for Doing Your Job" by Whitney Johnson.

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<p>Malaysians carry the words "thank you" while performing during the closing ceremony of the 21st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur September 17, 2001. REUTERS/Zainal Abd Halim</p>