Managers Need Recognition, Too
How many times have you heard that work should be its own reward? People keep saying it, but we all know it isn’t true. Everyone likes to be appreciated, valued, and recognised for what they do. And that goes from the time you first learned to tie your own shoes to the corporate merger you just negotiated. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what kind of work you do, or how high on the ladder you’ve climbed.
Recognition lets you know you’re moving in the right direction and it motivates you to do even better. While you may know that you’re doing good work, sometimes you just really need confirmation and a sincere expression of thanks for a job well done.
When it happens in the workplace – and sadly, it doesn’t happen as often as it should – recognition typically flows downward, with managers acknowledging their employees for the work they’ve done. Yet, it’s even more rare when the tables are turned and managers recognition from the people who report to them. Managers are only human, after all, and even when they’re in positions of authority, good managers benefit from positive feedback.
Well-chosen gifts for Bosses Day, which this year is coming up on Monday, October 16, are one way to thank a manager. But if you’re going to do it, do it right. The part to remember is well-chosen. And what does that mean? It means that the gift should reflect the person you’re giving it to rather than be some generic item that looks as if you picked it up at the local convenience store because it had the word boss on it. A “World’s Greatest Boss” bobble-head isn’t what you want to be remembered for as a token of your esteem, or of your taste level, either.
The item needn’t – and generally shouldn’t – be expensive, but it should be thoughtful. And if the recipient already has an office filled with handsome desk sets, clocks, and engraved obelisks, go in a different direction. Consider that the person you’re selecting a gift for has a life outside of the workplace (or so one would hope), and that he or she might appreciate a present that relates to a personal interest or hobby. A set of golf accessories, for example, or a fine bottle of wine.
Equally as important as the gift, though, is the thank you note that accompanies it. Think about how important your manager is as a mentor and driver of your success, and put it into words that express your appreciation. If you’re unsure of how to do that without sounding as if you’re just apple-polishing, here are some suggestions:
Start With the Reason You’re Writing
You’re writing to say thank you, so there’s no reason to beat around the bush. “I want to let you know how much I appreciate your support and confidence in me… “ is one way to do it. Another is to start with something like “Thank you for helping me develop the skills to… “ or even “I want to thank you for creating a working environment that has allowed me to… “
If there’s a key project your manager has given you, a team he or she has assigned you to lead, a seminar or conference you’ve been invited to attend, an idea he or she has helped you to develop, anything in specific you can point to that has made you particularly appreciative, be sure to mention it. It will give weight to your thanks and make them more than empty words.
Don’t Go Overboard
Unless you truly mean it and can’t stop yourself from saying it, there’s no reason to gush that your manager is the best boss you’ve ever had, or possibly the best boss anyone has ever had. Anything that doesn’t resonate with sincerity will have an effect opposite to the one you’re going for. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add a few glowing adjectives if they feel right.
Close on a Warm Note
Much will depend on the kind of relationship you have with your manager, but close on as personal a note as appropriate. Reiterate that you’re grateful for his or her confidence in you and the work you’re doing. End with Sincerely or Best Regards, and you’ve said it all.
By the way, there are lots of thank-you note templates online, so if you’re really stuck, take a look at them. But in the end, putting things in your own words is best.
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