How many times do we say “thank you” to the people who have dedicated so much time to a specific cause or job? With the rise of startup companies and business opportunities, the words “thank you” aren’t heard enough and it is time for that to change.

Whether you mean to or not, acknowledging the hard work and dedication of those who contributed to your success seamlessly tends to go unnoticed and overtime, employees may start to feel unappreciated when the little things seem to slip by without a sincere acknowledgment of approval.

With that being said, for business owners who have a successful team behind them who are dedicated in producing quality work and efficiency, here are three simple ways to thank your employees without going too overboard.

Say “thank you” or “thanks”, from the heart

When you thank your employees for doing such a great job, try giving eye contact and think about the reason’s why you are thanking them. People want to feel a sense of connection when you speak to them and making direct eye contact and establishing a sense a gratefulness can do just that.

We all need a reminder from time to time that the work we are doing is meaningful in some way or another. Although it may seem a little odd to teach people how to show gratitude, a little goes a long way and people will thank you in return.

Explain the things that you are thankful for

Similar to a Thanksgiving dinner, you want to take the time out to explain to your team what exactly it is that you are thanking them for.

If it’s for coming in on time despite the hectic schedule change, or keeping the break room in order, remember that a little goes a long way and if your team knows that it is coming from a good place, then they will be more than willing to continue to do great work.

Express the influence that the team has on the growth of the business

Many times we forget this crucial part when thanking a group of people. By expressing the influence that your team has had in the growth and successes of your business, they too will feel apart of the company.

Start by connecting the reason’s why you’re your employees influence you and how they push you to be a better leader. If this seems to forced or rehearsed, just speak from the heart and let the rest flow naturally. You’ll be surprised how well everyone will respond to you afterwards.