The relationship you have with your boss significantly influences your overall job satisfaction. If you are in the fortunate position of having a great boss who you appreciate – spread the joy and let them know. Check out these seven meaningful things you can do to thank your boss this holiday season:
1. Handwritten Note
Gestures of thanks don’t have to be over-the-top to leave an impact. Simply write a note to your boss thanking them for how they have helped you or made your professional life better. Be as specific as possible, and it will be meaningful and memorable without requiring spending much.
2. Thoughtful Speech
Collaborate with your coworkers to each speak up during a team meeting and thank your boss. Give a thoughtful speech thanking your boss and letting them know exactly what you are grateful for. It doesn’t have to be long, but speaking from the heart will make your boss feel happy and acknowledged.
3. Group Gift
If you want to do something really special for your boss, make it a group endeavor. Determine a doable amount of money for each coworker to contribute, and get a gift for your boss that is related to their interests.
4. Bring in Treats
Add some festive holiday cheer and thank your boss by bringing in treats. You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money – for example, a container of homemade cookies accompanied with a thank you card is a touching gesture to make your boss feel appreciated.
5. Take Them Out
Since it is generally your boss, as the one in the position of authority, responsible for taking their staff out for lunch or coffee, they will likely be surprised and delighted to have the tables turned. Work together with your colleagues to arrange a time to invite your boss out of the office for a meal or drink.
6. LinkedIn Recommendation
Let your boss’s network of professional contacts see what a great leader they are by writing a recommendation on their LinkedIn profile. Not only will it show your appreciation, but it can benefit their career by having positive feedback on their management skills.
7. Public Recognition
Make your boss look good in front of their own boss(es) by giving the gift of public recognition. If the opportunity arises, such as at a company-wide meeting or an email in which you cc others, thank your boss and explain why they have been so helpful to you.
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