Of all the things we have at our disposal to provide incentive for effort, hard work, honesty, achievement, etc., one stands out as the simplest (and cheapest). That one powerful yet simple incentivizer is the word “Thanks.”
Interestingly, it seems so hard for many of us to use that word. It’s not like its effects diminish with use. Thus, there is really no risk in overuse.
ALL of us love to hear that word spoken in our direction, regardless of whether it was truly deserved, or whether the trigger for its receipt was an act menial or significant on our part.
Another aspect of using “Thanks” often and freely is that it cost us nothing (other than the few seconds we take to express it).
Try it out. I’m betting you’ll be thankful that you did.