Not a loooooong mail, just a couple of lines and, of course, the email has to be specific to that person – you can’t send out a generic email to 5 people sayng “great work guys!”
You can write something like
I’m just writing to say that I really appreciated your input at our last meeting. Those were some really good ideas. Thank you!
And here’s the crucial part: At the bottom of the mail ask each of them to send 5 other people a similar email:
I’ve sent an email to 5 people who I feel really deserve honorable mention – now it’s your turn. Think of 5 people who you feel deserve praise and send them each a similar email, including this instruction to pass on the praise. Let’s see what happens!
Then stand back and watch an avalanche of praise rip through the organization.
The Chief Happiness Officer’s monday tips are simple, easy, fun things you can do to make yourself and others happy at work and get the work-week off to a great start. Something everyone can do in five minutes, tops. When you try it, write a comment here to tell me how it went.