A leader in an organization can only be as effective as the employees who serve in the critical roles that carry out the organization's mission. Pay doesn't always correlate with importance of the work that people do. If an environmental services staff person does great work, the impression left on customers who enter the facility will be protected and other staff people will be more effective. This page includes examples of what to write in thank you cards and longer notes to employees who deserve a thank you.
Brief Thank You Messages to Employees
I've asked a lot of you lately and you've worked hard to meet my demands. Thanks for being willing to take on extra work when we're busy.
You make me look good with all of your hard work.
Thank you for making my job of managing you easy. I am grateful to have you as part of our team.
I know that I ask a lot of my employees and you consistently deliver results.
Thanks for going above and beyond. I can count on you to exceed my expectations when I give you a task.
It's a pleasure to manage you. You make my job easy when many employees create extra work for their bosses.
I appreciate that you have the motivation, energy, and creativity to carry out our mission with innovation and dedication.
You deserve a raise. I hope to one day give you the raise you deserve and you'll be able to stop asking me.
Thanks for working so many extra hours. I don't know what we would've done without the extra help with all the extra seasonal business.
Wording for Longer Thank You Notes to Employees
Some situations deserve a longer note of thanks. It's best if the note can be hand-written to show that time was taken in writing the note. Notes also provide the opportunity to include more details about the situation and why the employee is being thanked. Use these as models for thanking staff for their customer service, years of service, or other accomplishments. Add in some individual qualities about the employee to make the note more personal.
For Great Customer Service: "I want to thank you for going above and beyond with your customer service. I've received positive feedback about your interactions. It's not always easy to satisfy customers with the kinds of requests they make. There are times when it takes creativity and drive to exceed customer expectations. You're willing to take a risk without having to ask a lot of questions. You treat customers as if you're the owner of the company."
"Thank you for handling that difficult customer with all the specific questions and requests. Not many employees could have handled the complexity the way you did. You approached the challenge with willingness and grace. I'll keep you in mind as my own consultant for customer service. Thanks for being a role model."
For Retirement: "Thank you for your dedication and (number) years of service. I didn't have the pleasure of working with you for all of those years, but I can see how your contribution over the years has helped build our business toward what it is now. You deserve a wonderful retirement. I wish you the best."
For an Award or Recognition: "Congratulations on a job well done. I've known that you are a producer of amazing work, and it's good to see you get the recognition you deserve. Thanks for being one of the best employees here. You raise the bar for everyone."
"I was honored to be asked to present the award to you. I am happy to see someone so deserving receive it. Thank you for being who you are, an amazing employee who looks for opportunities to go above and beyond in everything."