Geraldine Quek

Geraldine Quek

There are some days that we reserve specifically for celebration, such as Christmas, the Chinese New Year, or Hanukkah. Especially in the workplace, we limit our celebrations to events such as birthdays or work anniversaries. Though these special days undoubtedly deserve to be celebrated, we should remember that each day presents an opportunity to show our love, thanks, and appreciation to our teammates.

Truly, you can celebrate and acknowledge your teammates’ strengths and talents, and thank them for them being their unique selves everyday. Perhaps we can also appreciate their flaws and help them overcome their blindspots.

In the language of Emergenetics, different brains perceive appreciation differently – here are some meaningful words of thanks and ways to express appreciation to your teammates based on their thinking preferences:

  • Analytical thinker – get to the point and give specific thanks for their roles in the areas that have helped you excel or achieve
  • Structural thinker – send them a “Thank You” email or greeting card providing clear details about what you want to thank them for
  • Social thinker – have a face-to-face meeting over a cup of coffee and share stories of how they have helped you
  • Conceptual thinker – do something unique to capture their imagination or use metaphors to connect with them

Our behaviours play a part too in portraying our appreciation with each other. Here are some ways in which you can approach teammates with different behaviours:

  • Expressiveness – a one-to-one conversation with someone who operates in a quieter manner; a public recognition in a group with someone who tends to be more outgoing
  • Assertiveness – for peacekeepers, give them time to internalise at a slower pace; for drivers, adopt a faster pace
  • Flexibility – for someone who prefers to be focused, go along with their style and timing; for someone who prefers changes, any way or form is fine!

We often forget or dismiss the chance of thanking our team for their help and support. Even when we do, there are times that our good intentions are often misinterpreted or undervalued, or we don’t use the right words of thanks. Our intentions can sometimes have the wrong impact. This happens not just with teammates but with our loved ones too!

Understanding ourselves and others can help us improve the way we perceive words, actions and emotions, which in turn, help us better love, understand, and express appreciation for the people we work and live with.

Do you make a point to show your appreciation to your loved ones and teammates? It’s never too late to do so!


**This article has been adapted from the original version, “Expressing Appreciation: Words of Thanks for each Emergenetics Attribute”



Geraldine has a Bachelor’s degree (Hon.) in Psychology and Forensic Science from the University of the West of England, United Kingdom. Prior to joining EGI-A, she has worked with special needs children (autism and ADHD) as a Behaviour Therapist.