Working with the same people every day gives you the opportunity to observe their strengths. If you have ever had a negative work experience, you know what a difference a team that works well can make. When coworkers do something that make your job easier, it’s nice to let them know that you appreciate them. Here are four ways to express these feelings.

Thank-You Notes

You don’t have to make a grand gesture to let people know you notice and appreciate what they do. You can send kindness cards to those who make your day brighter. If your project is mostly online, offering thanks in your group email lets them know you are grateful for their contributions. Even just saying, “Thank you!” out loud gets the point across.

Quality Time

During the hustle of the day, it’s easy to prioritize the tasks you need to accomplish. Don’t forget that forging solid relationships with your coworkers is important, too. Invite the person across the hall for a coffee break or make regular lunch plans with your team. You may even consider taking work off the table for discussion during your meal. Take the time to really get to know them and listen to them. 

Small Gifts

Some people are hesitant to give gifts to coworkers, fearing that it will look like they’re trying to buy their support. Small, meaningful gifts, however, can simply be a way to show that you care. Get coworkers who love their morning coffee some festive mugs that they can keep at the office. Buy them their favorite pens or a journal. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show appreciation.

Genuine Praise

It’s nice when supervisors tell their teams they’re doing a great job. Everyone likes to hear that they are on the right track. The best praise, however, often comes from their coworkers. Everyone is remarkable in some way. Make an effort to find specific ways that the people in your office excel at what they do, and tell them about it. Send an email expressing your thanks, and be sure to copy their supervisor into it. Your genuine encouragement may be just the extra push they need to ask for the promotion or raise they deserve.

Expressing appreciation to your coworkers doesn’t have to take a lot of effort or cost a lot of money. Sometimes, it’s the simplest acts that mean the most.

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