Saying 'thank you' sure does go a long way, but cultivating a culture of gratitude by being thoughtful and authentic will lead toward increased productivity, not to mention a more engaged workforce who may be more inclined to pay it forward.
Take into consideration that individuals are different; a one-size-fits-all approach to conveying appreciation rarely bears fruit. Take a moment to express your appreciation for a job well done by speaking in the language of the recipient.
This article is a good reminder of the additional points to consider as you become of master of appreciation.
Expressing appreciation and gratitude is a proven positive force. It doesn’t matter where we sit in the organizational chart, saying thank you to those above, across, or below us helps everybody feel appreciated, valued and rewarded. And the gratitude spillover effect is enormous: people who experience gratitude are more likely to feel happier and spread that happiness, increasing trust and collaboration among colleagues.