Recently I read a blog post by Rick Broida & David Goldenberg called "8 One-Liners Worth Remembering. Of the many lines discussed, for managers & other employers, I think the most critical one-liner is "thank you. "Back in the day, when I had a part time job, I worked for a guy who thanked his staff every pay day. While the days of delivering checks are long gone [like you see in old movies] thanks to auto-deposit, he went from person to person, giving them their pay stub in order to thank them for the work they did in the last pay period. He always said something like "thank you, nice job, good effort or even "this will be a better month-chin up!"
Little wonder this manager never had any problems getting people to work overtime or to come in earlier/stay later. Everyone wanted to work for him because he worked with the rest of us. Saying "thank you" is the least expensive but possibly one of the most powerful perks a business/employer can provide.
Write a memo to self: "say thank you...again, and again, and again!"