The Thanksgiving holiday (in America) is this week, and then the busy holiday season is upon us!

I personally love thanksgiving—the food, the time to spend with family, the time to reflect on gratitude and what is meaningful.

Many employers give out a thanksgiving turkey or a holiday ham, and I know many friends who appreciate this gesture. But if you have been doing this  a few years, employees begin to see it as a corporate event and not a personal gesture.

I want to encourage you to also take the time at least once over the next four weeks to personally thank each of your employees.

Here are a few articles from Inc magazine to get you in the “thanking” spirit and some suggestions on how to personalize your notes:

Building a Culture of Employee Appreciation

How to Thank Your Employees in 8 Words

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