At my local Starbucks this morning, I watched as a manager slipped his employee a hand written note complimenting him on the quality of his work. The note was specific, highlighting particular things he did well. And as an added bonus, the manager slipped in a gift card to a store the employee particularly liked.
The note put a huge smile on the employee's face. Hell, I smiled just watching it.
What I loved about it was that the Starbucks manager didn't just say "Thanks for doing a good job." He was specific. His praise was specific. The gift card reward was specific to that particular employee. It wasn't just generic praise.
Something to think about as your figure out ways to thank your employees for all they do.