Memorial Day: Taking the Time to Say Thanks

'Flags-In' at Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day 2008

To join the military is to accept that duty may ultimately require you to lay down your life. Despite growing up in a military family, this never occurred to me, and it certainly never occurred to me to be grateful for this sacrifice.

After I moved to New York City post-9/11 I saw a civilian approach a man in military garb and personally thank him for his service to our country.

And then another approached and did the same thing.

And then another.

The sight shocked and humbled me.

This man was on his way to Afghanistan because his duty led him there. Anything could happen. He could come back physically unscathed but wracked with PTSD…or he could not come back at all.

And yet, he knew where his duty lay and he was going quietly, boldly towards it…and no fewer than three stoic, angry New Yorkers approached him personally to say thanks.

What if we all took the time to say thanks?

Just one moment out of one day to acknowledge that the things we have and enjoy are the direct result of the actions of others.

What a good idea.

Turns out, there is a national moment of silence at 3pm every year on Memorial Day to honor all of the fallen American soldiers from all wars in history.

Well.

I intend to celebrate Memorial Day in the traditional way, with barbecue and 5K races and water sports and snow cones and pie. I intend to enjoy my freedom and take advantage of all this holiday has to offer.

And yet…

I am also going to take a moment at 3pm to say thanks.

Thanks for Climbing that Snow Drift!

Many parts of the country have experienced a brutal winter. There have been days that just getting to work deserved a big bonus! And even though we’re getting closer to spring, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a few more snowstorms disrupting commuting. In particularly difficult circumstances, people’s extra efforts should be recognized. There needs to be special kudos for co-workers, vendors or suppliers who go “above and beyond.” Since you can’t award them a trophy, send them a special professional thank you card.

Over and Above
Most of the time, we give our career the serious attention it deserves and do our work well. But often in the business world, co-workers and clients go out of their way to work harder, smarter and better than what’s required. In those situations, let them know how much their extra effort meant to you. Maybe you’re someone who always acknowledges colleagues with a thank you card. Make this one special.

Vendors and co-workers who braved this season’s bad weather may think they were just getting the job done. But that will make your acknowledgment of endeavors even more meaningful. And everyone likes a thank you, even when they see it as “just in a day’s work.”

Pick a Card and Personalize It
Choose an appropriate corporate thank you card and take the time to write a personal business thank you message. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Thanks for climbing out of that snow drift to make it in yesterday. Your perseverance is appreciated!
  • I wanted to acknowledge your extra efforts to get our order here last week. You just shot to the top of the “favorite vendor” list!
  • Thanks for scraping the ice off my car while I sat in the warm lobby. You’re the best cube-mate!

Take the time commend someone who deserves it!

Thanks for Climbing that Snow Drift!

Many parts of the country have experienced a brutal winter. There have been days that just getting to work deserved a big bonus! And even though we’re getting closer to spring, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a few more snowstorms disrupting commuting. In particularly difficult circumstances, people’s extra efforts should be recognized. There needs to be special kudos for co-workers, vendors or suppliers who go “above and beyond.” Since you can’t award them a trophy, send them a special professional thank you card.

Over and Above
Most of the time, we give our career the serious attention it deserves and do our work well. But often in the business world, co-workers and clients go out of their way to work harder, smarter and better than what’s required. In those situations, let them know how much their extra effort meant to you. Maybe you’re someone who always acknowledges colleagues with a thank you card. Make this one special.

Vendors and co-workers who braved this season’s bad weather may think they were just getting the job done. But that will make your acknowledgment of endeavors even more meaningful. And everyone likes a thank you, even when they see it as “just in a day’s work.”

Pick a Card and Personalize It
Choose an appropriate corporate thank you card and take the time to write a personal business thank you message. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Thanks for climbing out of that snow drift to make it in yesterday. Your perseverance is appreciated!
  • I wanted to acknowledge your extra efforts to get our order here last week. You just shot to the top of the “favorite vendor” list!
  • Thanks for scraping the ice off my car while I sat in the warm lobby. You’re the best cube-mate!

Take the time commend someone who deserves it!

Don’t be Stingy with the Thanks!

“Please” and “thank you” are some of the first words your parents taught you when you were old enough to understand their meaning and intent. Some people are lamenting plain, old good manners going the way of the dodo. But you don’t have to join that crowd; you can send business thank you cards to let colleagues and clients know you appreciate them.

Everybody Likes Appreciation
Thanking someone in the work arena accomplishes two things—it acknowledges that you recognize their effort and lets them know you appreciate it. Being sincerely thanked never gets old. But often in the fast pace of doing business today, it’s overlooked or belated.

Making this meaningful gesture will be easier if you have some business-appropriate thank you cards on hand to send. That way, you don’t have to take time to purchase cards each time you have an opportunity to acknowledge someone. You can either choose a pre-printed inside verse or decide on your own thank you card wording. What are some appropriate times to send them?

  • If you just landed a new client, send them a thank you for giving you their business. Acknowledge that you know they had other companies to choose from and they chose you.
  • You might even do a pre-emptive move if a client is considering your proposal, but hasn’t committed. Maybe, “Thanks for the opportunity to work hard for your business!”
  • If an old client has placed a large order with you recently, you might personalize your thank you message, “Always great to work with you. Thanks for that nice order!”
  • If you’re the boss or project manager, send a thank you to your staff or team members. Thank them for all the hard work they put into a recent tough project.
  • Thank your other team members. It will be an unexpected surprise when you send a thank you to someone with whom you worked on the big project. If you have terrific co-workers, give them a little love!