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susan silva
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« on: February 05, 2010, 09:55:11 am »

I am not talking normal day to day thank you, but the going out of someone's way, did a good job type,  thank you.  If you did say thank you recently what was it for, if not, is there someone you can thank something for?   It is such a simple way to make someone's day (when the deserve it of course).
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2010, 01:35:23 pm »

I always make a point of thanking people whether it is their everyday job or not ... the Janitors in my last organisation did many tasks to help out but rarely got thanked.

I organised a full day event and needed some help with furniture reorganisation and then later in the day I relied on their assistance whilst covering Reception at lunchtime to help the day run smoothly.  The most noticeable example was a delegate who asked as we broke for lunch what time would he have to leave to get to the airport for his flight in 3 hours time - the Janitor stepped into the breach and organised the taxi for him.

That particular day could not have run without their assistance and I not only thnaked them in person, I sent a note to their line manager commending their assistance.  Later on one of them told me that noone had ever done that for him before ...

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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2010, 02:17:03 pm »

I often ask the receptionists if they want anything from the coffee shop or canteen as you never know when you need a favor with a late parcel delivery or taxi etc.
I offer the security guards too but they are not allowed to drink or eat on duty.
I also make a point of thanking those I don't know I came in on a Monday expecting to have to finish tiding up refreshments from a late Friday meeting only to be pleasently suprised the cleaners had colated stuff from around the large open plan office and neatly stacked it all to be taken away. Next time I spotted a cleaner I asked him to pass my thanks on.

Roll Eyes On a lighter note I had to empty a paddling pool of rubber ducks after a hook a duck competition. (another story!) we decided to pour it down the sinks in the ladies as it was cold outside, and promptly flooded the ladies toilets as the sinks could not cope with the water. We managed to get an emergency cleaner who was really helpfull and good hummored about it all. I later trac ked her down with the spare rubber ducks which she wanted for her grandson and made her day!
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2010, 08:13:05 pm »

Like others, I thank people all the time, whether they expect it or not, no matter who they are or what job they do.

I think it's important to thank those that go the extra mile.  I have appreciated help and support in the past when starting a new job and likewise I have done the same for others.

It takes very little effort to be helpful and in return a thank you goes a long way.  It may sound like an every day phrase, but believe me, it is noticed if not said.

If individuals cannot say thank you once in a while, then they are obviously very selfish or have no manners.
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2010, 01:30:20 am »

I thank others on a daily basis, even the cleaning lady who empties my trash in the evening.  In special out of the way cases, I send an electronic thankyou that records their name and what they did on an honor roll published monthly on our co. website.  The last one I created was to the IT guy.  My boss was working remotely from another site and his laptop died right before a very high level meeting.  The guy came to the rescue with another laptop and changed out the hard drives enabling him to partcipate in the meeting and present.  He did not lose anything.  He really went out of his way by circumventing the IT Help Desk process and responded quickly to our needs.  We have values we have to live by and responding quickly is one of them. 
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2010, 10:16:25 am »

I do thank people each day in the office for routine things.  Also, for example, when someone holds open a door for me when out shopping - often people don't say thanks in this situation when I am holding a door open - manners cost nothing but do seem a bit lack with some people.  Sad really.

However, today I was so grateful to the car park attendent who sees me each day as I enter the car park who made a special journey (even tho he was not supposed to) to come and find me to tell me that I had forgotton to put my permit in my car window.  The independant car park regulators are very strict about this and comes with a £40 fine.  He could have just given me a ticket but did not.  A very BIG thank you to him  Kiss Wink
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2010, 02:44:16 pm »

Just remembered this : a bossie from a few years back never said 'thank you' to me for anything.  I must admit he did it to everybody and it was accepted as 'just his way' - aprart from that, not a bad bossie to work for  Smiley

Once, during an 'office heart to heart' type of meeting, he asked what the worst thing was about working for him and I said to him that he never said thank you - he looked shocked and his reply was "well, I pay you don't I - isn't that enough thanks......."  Cheesy

I am sure I sensed a twinkle in his eye but his expression was quite serious .........  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2010, 12:51:32 pm »

If I see that a colleague has done a wonderful presentation, some publicity they have produced is eyecatching, or a conference they have organised has gone particularly well, then I will email them to say so. 

People always remember how others behave towards them (good or bad) long after they have forgotten what work they did.  Everyone likes to be praised and thanked.  Expressing gratitude is part of being a well-mannered and considerate person, and in business it oils the wheels of progress.  It shows that you notice them and don't take them for granted. 
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