Say "Thank You"

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Do you remember to say thank you when someone does something for you?  It's important to others even though it might not seem like a big deal to you at the time.

Imagine that one of your co-workers or a manager has asked you to do something for them that you wouldn't normally do.  Perhaps they've asked you to put together a proposal for an idea or to gather some information.  You do it by the specified deadline and then you hear nothing.  You're not even sure that they've received it. How do you feel?  Do you feel neglected?  Unimportant?  Irrelevant?  How likely are you to do something for them again?  How likely are you to make these things a priority in the future?

If it is you that has asked someone else for information, for a proposal, or something else, make sure that you validate their effort by saying thank you as soon as you get the email (or whatever form it might have come in).  Even if you don't have time to give it your full attention send them an e-mail to verify that you did receive it and to let them know that you will be looking at it shortly.  Saying, "Thank you" for someone's efforts goes a long way.  Forget that and it may not be long before people start to "forget" your requests.