Being Thankful

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to give a ‘thank you’ to your crew for the hard work this past busy season.

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With the end of the year approaching, I flipped through the issues we’ve put out in 2018. We’ve highlighted some strong, growing companies.

There is one thing in common with each of them — they know how to treat employees, taking care of them with benefits, bonuses, picnics, and even just a simple “thank you” every now and then.

In February we highlighted Louisiana-based Pro Serve, where owner Ronnie Baron Sr. retains his employees by paying them well, covering most of their health insurance and giving year-end bonuses. He also gives $100 to any employee who refers a potential job candidate who ends up getting hired and staying with the company for at least 90 days.

Ken-way Excavating, profiled in March, does the same thing as Baron, and the company also helps pay for continuing education for its employees.

At Ontario’s Graham Utility, profiled in July, owner Jordan Graham not only pays his employees well, he also treats them to tickets for sporting events — MMA fighting events — when he is on the ticket.

“We pretty much shut everything down, and we worked out subs for all of our clients that needed a truck and let them know our plan,” Graham says. “Almost every crew came, and it was a lot of fun. That’s the family atmosphere that we have here.”

Doing little things for your crews will be what draws quality people to your company. They’ll hear how you treat your employees and want to come and work for you.


In a 2012 survey by the John Templeton Foundation, 81 percent of 2,000 participants said they would work harder for a grateful boss, and 90 percent said a grateful boss is more likely to be successful.

It was also noted that only 10 percent of the people surveyed said they thanked their colleagues.

The holiday season is just around the corner with Thanksgiving later this month and Christmas next month. This is the perfect time to say “thank you” to your crew. There are some simple and easy ways to do that:

  • Gift cards or bonuses — Has your company had a strong year? Why not thank the guys out there doing the work for you by giving them a little bit of a bonus at the end of the year? This can be in the form of an additional check or just go to a local store and pick up a gift card for each employee. It’ll be a surprise for them, and it’s easy enough for you to do with minimal time used.
  • Team swag — Who doesn’t like team swag? Make it a nice hoodie or a water bottle. It’s something they’ll be able to use anytime. Plus, it’s great marketing if they use it out in public.
  • Team meal — You can’t go wrong with a gift of free food. Treat your team to a lunch or steak dinner.
  • Make time to just thank them in person — This option is the easiest. Just go up to your crew, shake their hands and thank them for the work they are doing. They’ll appreciate it.


What are some simple or unique ways you thank your team? I’d like to hear about them and maybe share some of those stories in Dig Different. Email me at or call 800-257-7222.

Enjoy this issue, and see you in 2019!


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