The Power of Saying Thank You

Thank you. Two words, eight letters, that can make so much difference.
Share the Post:

From a young age we are taught to say thank you, for example, when someone does something nice for us or in response to a compliment we may have received. The art of gracefully thanking someone is as valuable in the workplace as it is in social settings, with benefits for both the giver and the receiver of gratitude. 

Try making an effort to show appreciation in the following situations. 

1. Saying thank you in acknowledgement of others

In the workplace there are so many ways to thank people for their efforts. These can include significant company-sponsored gestures such as:  

  • a bonus, pay rise or reward, 
  • an award or recognition, such as employee of the year, 
  • a company conference or work trip,  
  • a dinner, lunch or after-work drinks.  

 On a smaller scale, a workplace thank you can consist of: 

  • a text, email or shout-out during a team meeting  
  • an invitation to coffee or a bite to eat. 

 As long as it is genuine, in context and timely, an expression of gratitude will be appreciated.  

Research has shown that a well-timed thank you will not only increase loyalty from, and the engagement of, the person receiving the thank you but also of those who hear it. Saying thank you causes a ripple effect.  


Who do you need to thank? Who has gone over and above, completed a big project or simply been kind and helpful to a teammate?  

 2. Saying thank you in acknowledgment of the present  

Don’t forget that you are also deserving of thanks! Thanking yourself is essentially about being grateful. In the words of writer and teacher Ernest Holmes, ‘Where the mind goes, the energy flows’. This notion is similar to the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon, the frequency illusion and the bias phenomenon. Simply, the more you focus on something, the more you will see it or feel it. We have all been in the situation when we decide to buy a new car and, suddenly, we notice this model of car everywhere we go. The same phenomenon occurs when we focus on our life and environmental circumstances. If we concentrate on what is not working, on how poorly we have been treated or on the mistakes that we have made, then that is what we will find and see more of.  

Alternatively, if you focus on what is working, on the opportunities you have around you and on how lucky you are, this is the good fortune you will find your life filled with. I read an experiment by a writer who began a habit of acknowledging his wife and family in his journal every day. At the end of the year, he said he felt more in love with his wife and family than ever because every day he woke up thinking about how wonderful they were, rather than complaining about them.  


What do you have to be grateful for in life or work? What is going well for you?  

3. Saying thank you when you are acknowledged 

One of the biggest missed opportunities for ‘thank you’ is when you are given a compliment. Too often when we are complimented, instead of graciously saying “thank you” to the giver we fill the air with minimising comments: ‘Oh, it was nothing’, ‘It was the team’, ‘What, this old thing?’ Learn the art of acceptance and of saying thank you when praised. Acknowledge and celebrate compliments when they are given – don’t brush them away.  


The next time you are complimented or acknowledged for a deed well done, don’t minimise it. Just say ‘thank you’. 


Sign-up to our newsletter.

Whether you’re a CEO, manager, leader or team member, the Pulse gives you the opportunity for a little personal learning and development.

Short and sharp, the Pulse is focused on getting to the heart of the matter, because we know you don’t have a lot of time.

Fostering the Growth of
High-performing Leaders.

Discover how we are partnering with other organisations and making an impact for businesses and individuals.

Scott Thompson

Dianne Flemington

Jess Ferguson

James Chisholm

My name is James and I am Head of Customer Partnerships, Co-founder and a Coach at Peeplcoach. I bring over 25 years business leadership experience performing roles in executive general management, board directorship, business development and operational leadership. My career has covered multiple industries including building technology services, asset management, renewable energy and not-for-profit with large multi-national corporations, private companies and SMEs including Honeywell, Plenary Group and The Hunger Project.

With extensive local and international experience, I have led teams of many shapes and sizes, including teams of thousands of employees across varied countries and cultures. I enjoy working with diverse groups of people to achieve outcomes with a sense of purpose and alignment to my personal values.

My qualifications include BA (Politics and Psychology) from Sydney University, Master of Commerce from University of NSW, Advanced Coaching Intensive program from Columbia University (USA) and the Company Directors Course (AICD).

Feel free to book a time to chat to be here″

Hilary Gustave

Felicity Brown

Evie Suss

Dr Simone Boer

Doug Binns

Di Kanagalingam

Jinn Kan

Bryan Carroll

Charlotte Rush

Christine Khor

My name is Christine and I am the CEO, Founder and Lead Coach at Peeplcoach. Over the last 25 years, I have had a very varied career across marketing, recruitment, business start-up, branding and executive coaching working for both large and small organisations.

I’ve worked for global organisations such as Simplot Australia, Kraft Foods (now Mondelez) and Hallmark Cards. I have successfully founded two businesses and have worked with hundreds of organisations and thousands of individuals to build successful careers, teams and businesses.

My qualifications include BA (Major in Criminology and Psychology), MBA, Post-Graduate in Policy Studies and Post Graduate Diploma in Organisational Change and Executive Coaching. I have also been recognised as a Telstra Businesswomen finalist, a Chief Executive Women winner and danced on a bar with Richard Branson.

In all my roles, my passion has been to assist and enable individuals to find value and fulfilment in their work and to support organisations for sustainable growth. I believe in being courageous, challenging ourselves for growth, equality and fairness and laughing every day. Simply, I want to help people find what they love to do and organisations to be successful.

Feel free to book a time to chat to here

Clare Phelan

Dawn James

Deb McDonald

Bronwyn Rose

Anne Basia

Jillian Bolger

Joanna Clary

Agnel Dsouza

Zana Ballantyne

My name is Zana and I am both a Master Coach and Head of Coaches for Peeplcoach. My role is to recruit, grow, develop, lead and inspire a team of passionate and talented coaches to ensure we achieve our mission to make coaching accessible to all!

I now lead a team of coaches who are supporting emerging and developing leaders across Australia, New Zealand, US, UK, Singapore and India.

With 25+ years’ experience across continents in the people development and leadership space, I’m known for driving people-led organisational change and embedding positive cultures. I do this through a consultative coaching approach and facilitating programs that ignite new ways. I’ve led teams and worked with all levels of leadership in various industries, including GE, Coles, ADP, Consumer Affairs and Ambulance Victoria. Some of my clients include Asahi, Dulux, Inghams, Latrobe City Council and Bega to name a few.

I am a qualified executive coach holding a Post Graduate Certificate Organisational Coaching and I am a practitioner and facilitator in DISC, LSI, GSI, NLP, MBTI, Change Acceleration Process (PCI)

As a leader and coach, I explore hidden challenges, then empower individuals to find solutions that inspire action. I believe in putting people first to build capability, create high performing teams and positive sustainable change that drives business results.

Feel free to book a time to chat to be here

Jo Hart

My name is Jo Hart and I am the Operations and Administration Manager at Peeplcoach and my role is to continually optimise the systems and processes that drive the delivery of accessible, high-quality coaching.

Over the last 23 years, I have had a varied career in roles including, finance, operations, project management, optimisation, learning and development and leading project teams. During this time I have worked locally and internationally to help organisations to succeed efficiently and effectively. I have worked across financial services, health services, information technology, insurance, media, and retail industries for organisations such as Deutsche Bank, Adecco Group and Australian Association of Social Workers.

I love a challenge and playing my role in the team to deliver development opportunities in a way that maximises engagement and creates opportunities for people and organisations to be at their best.


Richard Clarke

Greer O’Brien

Joanne Hall

Richard Toothill

My name is Richard and am the Sales Manager here at Peeplcoach with over 10+ solution sales experience across leadership development & coaching, recruitment and SaaS technologies within the IT & Digital space.

I have worked across both global corporate, fast growth and start-up environments which include companies such as Oracle, Seek and Elmo Software primarily focusing on driving new business in the B2B space and have had the pleasure to work with some of Australia’s most well-known organisations including Fortescue Metals Group, Multiplex, Commonwealth Bank, Arup and Austrade to name few.

In all my roles, my passion has been able to solve challenges to both individuals and organisations and help people be the best they can be. Simply put, I want to help organisations to be successful and to help people to reach their full potential to find what they love to do.

In addition to my industry experience I hold a Bachelor Business Degree from Griffith University (QLD) majoring in sports management.

You can find me on LinkedIn here

Michael Rainey

My name is Michael and I am the Projects Manager at Peeplcoach and my role is to make sure that everything happens seamlessly, from launching new coachees to our platforms, onboarding new Peeplcoach coaches or launching new content.

Over the last 25 years, I have had a varied career in roles including, finance, human resources, training, learning and organisational development. I’ve worked for a number of incredible organisations such as CBA, Mercedes-Benz, Lumo Energy, Yarra Valley Water and Bendigo Kangan Institute of TAFE.

I have qualifications in – Bachelor of Education & Training, Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management and Graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies.

My guiding compass has been to develop and enable others by giving them the tools they need so they can be the best they can be, while contributing to the organisation’s goals.


Faydra Khor

Virginia Aldred

Karin Moorhouse

Vanessa Jones

Susan Williams

Sean O’Leary

Sarah Bateman

Rob Watson

Natalie Hormann

Margaret Haarhoff

Kaye Brett

Anglea Zegir