In a world where everything has to be faster and better, our need for increased productivity and the desire to get things done lightning fast sometimes comes at the expense of pleasantries and developing stronger relationships.
Firing off an email in search of answers or assistance is often done unceremoniously and with little regard for the recipient or even a thank you. And yet, time after time, we still expect an answer. Maybe even one that’s accurate and offered in a timely manner.
But the truth is no one operates in a vacuum. When people are part of a team, everyone likes to feel appreciated for their work and the help they’ve offered.
Even if you’re self-employed and on a one-person team, you will need to say thank you from time to time, whether it’s your customers or your network. Gratitude is always a great way to develop strong and sustainable relationships.
“Thank you” might just be the most important words in the English language. Ok, that might be a stretch, but it’s always important to show gratitude to the people who give you a helping hand at work, and it’s not a bad idea for your personal life either.
Best practices for saying thank you in an email
Draft your thank you note under separate cover
When you’re reaching out to someone to express your gratitude, think about sending an email under separate cover, instead of the email chain with the “ask.” It only takes you an extra few seconds, but it speaks volumes.
Drafting a separate email shows that you took the time to really give it some thought (not just hitting the reply button and pencil whipping a word of thanks).
Keep it professional
When you’re thanking a co-worker or a supervisor, remember to keep the salutation and the body of your thank you note professional and business appropriate. If it’s someone you haven’t worked with before, think of this as establishing a new connection in your network.
Keep it short
Keep in mind that everyone gets a ton of emails every day, so get in, express your gratitude, and get out. Remember that it’s a thank you note, not an acceptance speech for a noble prize. People appreciate it when you show that you’re respectful of their time with a little email etiquette.
Should you express your gratitude in a group email?
Ideally, emails that express your gratitude should not be addressed to a group. It’s always better to thank each person individually, and this goes back to sincerity. A group email always implies speed and efficiency, two things that a note of this nature should not be.
Of course, there are many ways to say thank you and express your gratitude. But when it feels like a simple thank you just isn’t enough, here are 30 other ways to say thank you in business or an email.
30 other ways to say thank you in an email
- Thank you so much
- Thank you very much
- Thanks a million
- I appreciate your guidance
- I sincerely appreciate ….
- My sincere appreciation/gratitude/thanks.
- My thanks and appreciation.
- Please accept my deepest thanks.
- Thank you for your…
- I appreciate you.
- I appreciate your taking the time.
- Thank you for your assistance.
- Thank you for everything you do.
- I sincerely appreciate the assistance.
- Many thanks for your assistance.
- Thank you for all the help!
- Thanks for being a great team player
- I couldn’t have done it without you
- Thanks for being awesome
- Many thanks
- Much obliged
- I owe you one
- It’s so kind of you to
- I want you to know how much I value…
- Your help and support is greatly appreciated
- I’m so grateful for…
- Thank you for …, I really appreciate that.
- I really appreciate it