It’s the season of thanks and giving and that means showing appreciation for the things you have. As small business owners, gratitude is something you should be practicing all year-round. Expressing gratitude encourages better health, strong relationships with ourselves and others, as well as, keeps us motivated, positive and productive as business owners.
None of us have gotten where we are by ourselves, we’ve most likely have had either the assistance or advice of others. So whether you need to be thanking your employees, your customers, your mentors, or the barista that makes your extra hot tall triple white mocha, there’s always someone you can be showing appreciating for.
Today, we’re giving you some tips for spreading the gratitude within your business:
Thanking your team
Studies have shown that employees are more productive and happier at work when they feel like what they do matters and is appreciated. Acknowledge your staff throughout the year by sending email shoutouts celebrating wins (big or small), providing incentives for good work, and simply saying thank you- either in person or in a handwritten letter.
It will not only make them feel good, but you will feel good, too!
Showing customer appreciation
There’s nothing that makes a customer want to continue doing business with a company, than when they feel like they truly matter. Providing customer incentives throughout the year, such as reward cards, coupons, or freebies are all good ways of celebrating them!
For your loyal customers, a nice touch would be sending handwritten thank you cards, especially during the holiday season. It’s the little things, that make you stand out big amongst the competition out there.
To those that are always behind you
Many of us have family, friends, or mentors that have been with us since the beginning. It’s important to show appreciation to those people, because they will likely still be there even if you falter. They might have given up something in their life to support you. They may have gone above and beyond. There are so many different ways to say thank you to these special people, so just do your best at expressing how important they are to you!
Ultimately, showing your thanks and gratitude should be something we practice all year-round, not just on Thanksgiving. It can be easy to forget or get caught up, but just take a couple minutes out of the day or morning and make someone else’s (and your) day better!
And thank you for reading my blog! If you have any awesome stories or routines for gratitude, share with us below. Also, if you’re looking for business advice, Out of the Box Advisors offers free consultations, come hangout with us and we’ll get a coffee!