Despite what may be very good intentions, written the wrong way, an employee appreciation note can go very wrong. These letters:
- Do not greet the recipient by name
- Sound like they could be sent to en masse
- Fail to clearly state why you are writing
- Are written long after what is being acknowledged has happened
- Are generic and formal
- Do not show sincerity or say thank you
Thank you for helping with the new interns. We are working to expand our internship program and I’ll be working with Diane [parenthetically, this is her supervisor] in the coming months to brainstorm ideas on how we can do this. Once we have something concrete, we’ll let everyone know.