I’ll bet you can think of a hundred lessons from childhood that have remained an important part of your daily life both at home and in business. Perhaps one of the most valuable lessons that most of us learned growing up was the importance of “please” and “thank you.”
In the rush to meet deadlines, brainstorm ideas, generate leads, and be productive, it’s pretty easy to forget to just be polite. Very often when we have employees or subordinates, we think of their efforts as obligatory duties pulled from the pages of a job description and are remiss in offering them thanks for their consistency, efficiency and contributions. Tsk, tsk. You know better.
Saying “please” and “thank you” are simply outward demonstrations of your inner gratitude. And you owe it to yourself, your staff and your co-workers to express your gratitude for their hard work and steadfast support. Sharpen your skill set, but show some professional etiquette. Doing so will build your team’s morale and ultimately improve corporate culture. And isn’t that what we all want – the world’s most awesome corporate culture?
Sorilbran Buckner is an Atlanta-based business writer and serial entrepreneur.