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At 24-7 Staffing, a recent workplace conversation took an unexpected turn thanks to one thought-provoking comment. We were sharing our usual stories about work – funny moments, lucky saves – but then something someone said really got us thinking…

“One of the best things about my day is when somebody tells me I did a good job. Not casually in a throwaway ‘thanks’ sort of way, but when someone takes the time to stop their day and tell me I did a really good job on something.”

The conversation made us question how effectively we recognise outstanding work. Sure, we’re a friendly bunch at work and throw around “good job” liberally. But could this constant praise be losing its impact? We genuinely mean it when we say it and wouldn’t dream of abandoning our British politeness. However, it sparks a question: how often do we sound like we mean it?

In everyday life, we often say “thank you” as a general courtesy, like when getting off a bus. It’s a simple acknowledgment of the other person’s presence. However, the kind of “thank you” this person was discussing was far more significant.

The flip side of this well-meaning politeness is that truly outstanding work can sometimes get drowned out by a flood of these casual thanks. When everyone gets a “thank you,” it can lessen the impact for those who truly deserve recognition for exceptional effort.

Clients need top talent, so we find the best! They know it’s worth it and pay well. Good pay and work environments make people feel valued, which keeps everyone happy in the long run. We all want to feel appreciated, right? And we like to feel valued; in fact, it is one of the things that is essential for a fulfilling work life.

Perhaps we should reconsider our ‘thank you’ and occasionally, when someone goes above and beyond, instead of a muttered ‘thanks’ we should stop and take the time to clearly say 4 words that make a big difference.

“Great job, thank you!”