To make sure your thanks has spark, remember these three words:
When you see somebody do something that really wows you, appreciate his or her effort without delay. The sooner you thank them, the stronger the impact.
The research is in: Leaders who appreciate their people about every seven days are leaders who create high performance teams and high performance cultures.
General praise is rarely motivating. Spell it out by telling them precisely what they did to earn your thanks and why it is important to your organization.