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Did you wait until Turkey Day to Thank your team?

In the fast-paced world of business and collaboration, we often find ourselves focusing on goals, targets, and deadlines. It's easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of tasks and forget to acknowledge the people who make it all possible – our team members. However, taking the time to express gratitude to your team members can be a game-changer. In this blog, we'll explore the significance of being thankful to your team members and how it can lead to a more productive and harmonious work environment.

Learn more about People Advisory Services (PAS) on our website or book some time with our People Operations Manager for a PAS consultation.

1. Foster a Positive Work Culture:

  • Gratitude is a cornerstone of building a positive work culture. When team members feel appreciated, they are more motivated and engaged in their work. Expressing gratitude can be as simple as saying "thank you" after a job well done or acknowledging their efforts in a team meeting/post. Bigger impact comes when you pull them aside at a later time (that day or days later) to show that you meant it and have thought about it since. This not only boosts morale but also creates a sense of belonging and camaraderie among team members.

2. Strengthen Team Bonds

  • Being thankful to your team members builds trust and strengthens the bonds within your team. It conveys that you value their contributions and see them as essential members of the group. These feelings of appreciation lead to increased cooperation, effective communication, and a harmonious work atmosphere. A strong team dynamic is crucial for achieving goals and overcoming challenges. Team Bonds can be further boosted with team-bonding activities: meals, group volunteering, obstacle courses, and gift exchanges for example.

3. Boost Individual and Team Performance:

  • When team members feel appreciated, they are more likely to go above and beyond in their roles. Identifying and celebrating successes reminds team members that the goals are both achievable and result in various positive outcomes. Gratitude serves as positive reinforcement and can motivate individuals to consistently perform at their best. Recognizing their hard work not only benefits individual team members but also contributes to the overall success of the team, as motivated and appreciated employees are more productive.
4. Encouraging Innovation and Creativity
  • In a work environment where gratitude is openly expressed, team members are more likely to feel safe in sharing their ideas and taking calculated risks. When they know their contributions are valued, they are more inclined to brainstorm, innovate, and push the boundaries. A culture of gratitude encourages a culture of creativity, driving your team to reach new heights.

5. Reducing Stress and Burnout

  • Work can be demanding, and team members often face high levels of stress and pressure. Expressing gratitude not only acknowledges their hard work but also reduces stress and prevents burnout. When team members feel appreciated, they are more likely to manage their workload effectively and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

6. Encourage Personal Growth

  • Gratitude not only benefits the team but also encourages personal growth among team members. When they know their efforts are recognized and valued, they are more inclined to invest in their own professional development. This leads to a continuous improvement cycle where team members strive for excellence and contribute to the growth of the organization.

Specific actions that show thanks:

  • Virtual "High Fives" in 15Five
  • Annual celebration
  • Proactive purchases for mental health (buying a massage, spa day, etc)
  • Taking a moment to take them aside and truly thank them
  • Sending cards/gifts for birthdays and work anniversaries
  • Appreciation posts on social media accounts
  • Day off for fun team-bonding activities

What is the ROI?

  • Trust
  • Loyalty
  • Efficiency
  • Creativity
  • Positive Work Environments
  • Longer Employee Tenure
  • Reduced time resolving conflicts
  • Your own happiness

When is a good time to thank your team?

    On days that end in “Y”

Being thankful to your team members is not just a polite gesture; it's a fundamental aspect of effective team management and business success. Gratitude fosters a positive work culture, strengthens team bonds, boosts individual and team performance, encourages innovation, reduces stress and burnout, and fosters personal growth. By taking the time to express appreciation and recognition, you can transform your team into a motivated, cohesive, and high-performing unit. So, let's not forget to express gratitude to our team members because, as they say, teamwork makes the dream work.

Our Current Big Successes:

  • Refining your interview processes - so you can directly compare candidates and ensure they know what is expected.
  • Standardizing and professionalizing training programs - so you know exactly what they know and where to improve.
  • Improving feedback systems- so you can see problems coming before they become bigger.


Here's what some of our satisfied clients have to say about Club Capital's People Advisory Services:

  • "This service has helped me structure an onboarding process in an extremely professional manner. By implementing these strategies I am able to shorten the timeframe expected to bring new team members up to speed and get better results quicker!

  • "Wow, I feel like my training program is kindergarden and yours is college." 

  • "I stopped calling references because I wasn't getting any good information, but Lee's guidance on how to do it appropriately and effectively was invaluable. It helped me gather more meaningful insights about potential hires and confirmed some potential concerns I had." 

  • "I'm so much more confident in my interviewing now that its structured to make sure I have a comprehensive picture of what the candidate could turn out like. It saved me from hiring another person that had no interest in making calls all day" 

Who Am I?:

Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Lee, the leader of our People Advisory Services at Club Capital, where I've had the privilege of working for nearly 2.5 years. During this time, I've consistently engaged with agents, addressing their questions and providing support to help them make informed decisions and develop processes that create the happiest, most productive teams.

My journey to offering these services stems from a deep-seated passion for optimizing workplace dynamics. In addition to my tenure at Club Capital, my background spans small business consulting, leadership development, organizational change, and feedback improvement. My educational foundation includes a degree in Business Management Change and Consultancy from Maastricht University, following a career in finance with Morgan Stanley.

Learn more about People Advisory Services (PAS) on our website or book some time with our People Operations Manager for a PAS consultation.

By Lee Walker | November 30, 2023 | People Advisory | 0 Comments

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