How to thank your employees like you mean it

Sincerely thanking your employees can increase their happiness and productivity at work. Follow these three simple steps to properly thank your staff.

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“Thank you.” These two simple, monosyllabic words mindlessly slip off our tongues every day, almost reflexively.

We utter them so much they’ve all but become meaningless, out and about, at home and especially at the office, says Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas, a veteran neuroscientist, happiness expert and the science director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.

If you merely grunt a quick, curt “thank you” to a colleague who just did you a solid, and then say nothing more, you might as well say “thanks for nothing.”

Related: 5 Science-Backed Ways to Be Happier at Work

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