Finding the Right Words for Employee Appreciation

The UnWrapIt team can help you embed the right employee appreciation words into your branded gift experience.

Transform the right words into instant, personalized, and branded gift experiences!

UnWrapIt is a gift experience platform that helps growing companies create meaningful employee experiences through digital corporate gifting.

Introduction

Sometimes, words are the best gift you can give to employees. In gift giving, there’s a popular expression that it’s the thought that counts. But to truly show appreciation to employees and convey how valued they are, it’s often the words that count the most. The right words, delivered in the right way can evoke emotions and forge memories that become formative in an employee's relationship with your company. Below is a guide to help you in finding the right employee appreciation words to use, and just as importantly, the words and phrases to avoid.

To find the right employee appreciation words, finish these sentences...

  • You really helped me when…
  • You’ve made my job easier because…
  • You’ve helped the company by…
  • When we first met or worked together, you…
  • When we first met or worked together, I remember…
  • I’m very excited for you because…
  • I can’t wait for you to work… because…
  • I often smile when I remember…
  • I often laugh when I remember…
  • I’ve spoken to a lot of people and they all say…
  • When I was conducting references before we hired you, I remember hearing…
  • You clearly care a lot about…

Words and phrases to avoid...

We recommend taking the extra few minutes to craft words that are more original and specific to your relationship. It’s so easy to fall back on common expressions and tropes. But in doing so, the message can fall flat.

  • Instead of “great”, find an adjective that’s more specific
  • Instead of “amazing”, find an adjective that’s more specific
  • Instead of “incredible”, find an adjective that’s more specific
  • Instead of “worked so hard to”, describe the specific effort, contribution, and outcome
  • Instead of “I look forward to…”, say “I can’t wait for…” or “I am excited to…”
  • Instead of “I hope you will…”, say “I know you will…”

Most importantly, remain genuine and spontaneous. Try not to read your employee appreciation words from a print-out or your phone. Pay attention to your intonation. The wrong intonation can contract the words and sentiment you are trying to express. Speak or write from the heart, make eye contact, be vulnerable, and trust yourself to say the right thing. You will!

We are getting some great feedback on the holiday UnWrapIt gift. Thanks again!”

Beth Title
TDS Personnel

TDS Personnel

Recruiting is an art. TDS Personnel talent agency was set on embracing new ideas to say “Thank you” in a personal way during the holiday season. No fancy earrings, cookies, bags, or trip to the gift shop.

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