50+ examples of how to write ‘Thank you for your support’

50+ examples of how to write ‘Thank you for your support’
SEEK content teamupdated on 23 November, 2023
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A simple, appreciative ‘thank you for your support’ can go a long way in the workplace. Whether it’s your boss providing support on a challenging project, a mentor sharing career guidance or a colleague offering assistance in personal development, showing a little gratitude is an effective way to build your professional relationships. It’s always nice to know you’re appreciated!

Ranging from casual email messages to formal letters, these 50-plus examples of saying thank you will help you craft the perfect note for any work-related scenario. Let’s explore the many ways to say ‘thank you for your support’ in the professional world.

Why saying ‘thank you for your assistance’ is important

Expressing gratitude isn’t just about good manners, it’s an effective way to build and maintain strong professional relationships. Whether your colleague is leaving and you’re writing a farewell or you simply want to let someone know you value their input, a sincere ‘thank you for your support’ can really make a difference.

Benefits of expressing gratitude

Of course, giving thanks is about recognising the helper without expecting anything in return, however there are benefits to acknowledging those you work with. These benefits include:

Choosing the right words to show appreciation

Showing appreciation is a great start, but how you do it matters too. Words carry weight and have the power to make a lasting impression – so it helps to personalise your thank you to the person and situation. A well-written thank you email can make them feel appreciated and valued long after you send it. 

How to choose words that convey genuine gratitude

A simple ‘thanks’ can fall flat when you’re addressing a large group, such as in a team thank you message. Your words need to be heartfelt and specific to the situation. Consider the support provided and how it helped you, then craft a message that discusses this and highlights the impact it had. 

Here are some tips to help you choose the right words when crafting your message:

  • Be specific: mention the support or action you are thankful for
  • Personalise your message: use the recipient’s name and include specifics
  • Be sincere: choose words that reflect your true feelings

Phrases to use (and avoid)

Every scenario is different, which means your message will change depending on the person you’re thanking. As a general rule, you want to keep things brief, positive and genuine. Here are some examples of phrases to use that you can personalise:

  • I have noticed you are streamlining processes – thank you for taking the initiative on this. It’s had a big impact on the team.
  • Your support during that last project made a big difference in my morale and confidence. I can’t thank you enough.
  • You are so good at analysing data. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, I appreciate your valuable insights.

So what should you avoid? Phrases that are vague can come across as insincere, and keeping it too short can feel flippant. Here are a few examples of phrases to avoid:

  • Thanks for everything. (This is too vague.)
  • You did a good job. (This comes across as insincere.)
  • Thanks a million. (This sounds dismissive.)

Expressing gratitude in writing

Taking the time to put your gratitude in writing goes that extra mile. A well-crafted thank-you note or letter can leave a lasting impression and strengthen your professional relationships. Not to mention it gives the recipient a nice keepsake should they ever need a boost in their morale.

The structure of writing a thank you note (or letter)

A thank you note is something the recipient can hold onto and revisit – a gift that keeps on giving. Pick out a card, write on a nice notepad or make it formal depending on your relationship. The key is to be genuine and specific in your message.  

Here’s how to structure your message:

  • Opening: address the recipient by name to make it personal
  • Expression of gratitude: clearly state what you are thankful for
  • Impact: explain how their support or actions made a difference
  • Closing: end with a warm closing, such as ‘Sincerely’ or ‘With gratitude’, followed by your name

Make it a heartfelt message

Being heartfelt doesn’t always come naturally. The key is taking a moment to reflect on the other person’s actions, how they affected you and how they made you feel. Here are some ways to make sure your message hits the mark:

  • Send your thank you message in a timely fashion – don’t wait too long
  • Avoid overly formal or generic language, to create a more personal feel
  • Tailor your message to the recipient and the support they provided
  • Before sending, double-check your message for any spelling or grammatical errors – this helps show it is a thoughtful gesture, and wasn’t rushed

Here’s an example of a thank you message for a team member:

Dear [name],

I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for your hard work and dedication – your efforts have played a crucial role in our project’s success. Thank you for going above and beyond in your role. Your skills and work ethic are unmatched.

Sincerely,

[Your name]

Saying ‘thank you for your guidance and support’ in person

Taking time out of your day to seek out someone and express gratitude can add the perfect personal touch. It gives you an opportunity to express thanks through both your words and body language. 

When and how to express gratitude in person

Choosing the right moment and setting is important when expressing gratitude in person. Here are some things to consider:

  • Timing: find a quiet moment when the person can give you their full attention
  • Setting: choose a setting that is comfortable and private, so you can take your time and be sincere
  • Eye contact: maintain eye contact to show sincerity 
  • Body language: use open and warm body language to help deliver your message
  • Vocal tone: make sure your tone of voice conveys genuine appreciation

Examples of what to say to thank them for guidance and support

Not sure how to get started? Here are some examples of how to express your gratitude in person:

  • I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your assistance with all the guidance and support you’ve given me. Your advice has been invaluable and I am so grateful to have you as a mentor.
  • Your support has made a significant impact on my career and I wanted to express my sincere gratitude. Thank you for believing in me and helping me grow.
  • I truly appreciate all the time and effort you’ve invested in guiding me. Your insights and encouragement have been a driving force in my success and I can’t thank you enough.

50 examples of saying ‘thank you for your help and support’ 

When expressing gratitude, it’s important to tailor your message to the support given and the relationship you have with your colleague. A personalised message shows you have put thought into your words and value their input. To help you get started crafting a great thank you message, here are 50 examples that cover a range of situations.

1. After receiving a promotion

Just received a promotion at work? Congratulations, it’s a big milestone in your career. It’s important to express your gratitude to those who have supported and believed in you, recognising their role in your success.

Tips for writing a thank you note to your boss or manager

  • Let them know how thankful you are for this new opportunity
  • Mention how their support or mentorship has played a role in your achievement
  • Express enthusiasm about your new role and the opportunity to contribute further to the team or company

10 examples for thank you notes after receiving a promotion

  1. Dear [boss’s name], I am truly honoured to accept the promotion to [new position]. Your support and mentorship have been invaluable to me. Thank you for believing in my potential.
  2. Thank you, [boss’s name], for the opportunity to take on new challenges in [new position]. I am excited to contribute even more to our team’s success.
  3. [Boss’s name], your guidance has been instrumental in my professional growth. Thank you for supporting me in my journey to [new position].
  4.  I am grateful for the trust and confidence you have placed in me by offering me the role of [new position]. Thank you, [boss’s name], for your unwavering support.
  5. Dear [boss’s name], thank you for the opportunity to grow within the company. I am excited to take on the responsibilities of [new position] and contribute to our team’s success.
  6. I want to express my sincere gratitude for your mentorship and support. Being promoted to [new position] is a dream come true, and it wouldn’t have been possible without you, [boss’s name].
  7. [Boss’s name], your encouragement and advice have been invaluable to me. Thank you for supporting my career growth and for the opportunity to take on new responsibilities as [new position].
  8. Dear [boss’s name], I am grateful for the promotion to [new position]. Your belief in my abilities means the world to me. Thank you.
  9. Thank you, [boss’s name], for your constant support and encouragement. I am excited to take on the challenges of [new position] and further contribute to our team’s achievements.
  10. Dear [boss’s name], your mentorship has been a key factor in my professional development. Thank you for guiding me and for the opportunity to serve in [new position].

2. After a successful project completion

There’s nothing better than ticking off the last to-do on a successful project. It’s something to celebrate! Don’t forget to take a moment to appreciate your team members for the hard work and determination that helped lead to this success. A thank you message for staff acknowledges the time, effort and expertise they contributed.

Tips for writing a thank you note to team members and stakeholders

  • Mention the role they played in the successful project
  • Acknowledge the collective effort of the team and, if possible, mention everyone by name
  • Send the thank you note shortly after the project’s completion

10 examples for thank you notes after project completion

  1. Dear Team, your hard work and dedication was the driving force behind this project’s success. Thank you for your exceptional effort!
  2. To each and every one of you, thank you for your tireless work, your attention to detail and your positive attitudes throughout this project.
  3. I am grateful to have such a talented and dedicated team. Your commitment to excellence made this project a success. Thank you!
  4. Thank you for going above and beyond to meet our project goals. Your talent and determination are truly appreciated.
  5. Your innovative ideas and creative solutions were key to this project’s success. Thank you for your outstanding contribution!
  6. Dear Team, your collaborative spirit and commitment did not go unnoticed. Thank you for your help and support on this project.
  7. I want to express my sincere gratitude to each of you for your dedication and hard work. Thank you!
  8. Thank you to all the team members for your unwavering support and hard work. This project’s success is a testament to your dedication.
  9. Your resilience and positive attitude made all the difference in this project. Thank you for your support and hard work!
  10. To the entire team, thank you for working so hard on this project. Your commitment to quality has made it a success.

3. After receiving mentorship or guidance

Mentorship and guidance are invaluable when it comes to personal and professional development. Expressing gratitude to those who have offered knowledge and invested time in your growth is not just polite, it also shows your appreciation. Saying ‘thank you for all your help’ can also encourage mentors to continue offering help to others in the future.

Tips for writing a thank you note to your mentor or guide

  • Mention where their guidance was particularly helpful
  • Let them know how their mentorship has contributed to your growth
  • If appropriate, offer your support in return

10 examples for thank you notes after receiving mentorship or guidance

  1. Thank you for all your help and guidance. Your wisdom and patience have contributed to my growth.
  2. I am incredibly grateful for your mentorship and the invaluable advice you have provided. Thank you for your assistance in helping me grow.
  3. Your support has been an important part of my journey and I want to express my deepest gratitude for your mentorship.
  4. Thank you for sharing your expertise and experience with me. Your guidance has been invaluable.
  5. I am so grateful for the time and effort you have invested in my development. Thank you for being an amazing mentor.
  6. Your encouragement and advice have been instrumental in my growth. Thank you for being such a fantastic mentor.
  7. I appreciate all the wisdom and guidance you have shared. Thank you for being an incredible mentor.
  8. Your mentorship has been a vital part of my journey and I am so thankful for all your support.
  9. Thank you for your invaluable mentorship and for believing in me. Your guidance has made a significant impact on my life.
  10. I am so grateful for your mentorship and the positive influence you have had on my career. Thank you for all your help.

4. After receiving support during a personal crisis

Personal crises can be challenging and support from colleagues during such times is invaluable. Acknowledging their kindness and support is a meaningful way to express your gratitude and strengthen your professional relationships.

Tips for writing a thank you note to colleagues who provided support

  • Share a personal note or story to make your message more heartfelt
  • If someone went out of their way to help, make sure to acknowledge their specific act of kindness
  • Say thanks to colleagues even if their act of support was just being there for you

10 examples for thank you notes after receiving support during a personal crisis

  1. Thank you for your concern and the incredible support you've provided during this difficult time. It means the world to me.
  2. I am truly grateful for your kindness and support. Your words and actions have been a great comfort.
  3. Your support has been a lifeline for me. Thank you for being there when I needed it the most.
  4. I cannot express how much your support has meant to me during this challenging time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
  5. Your kindness is deeply felt. Thank you for your support and concern during this difficult period.
  6. I am so grateful to have colleagues like you. Thank you for your support during this difficult time, I want to express my heartfelt thanks.
  7. Thank you for your concern and unwavering support. It has made a significant difference during this time.
  8. Your kindness and support have been a great help to me. Thank you for everything.
  9. I appreciate your support and concern more than words can express. Thank you for being there for me.
  10. During this challenging time, your support has been a true gift. Thank you for your kindness and concern.

5. After receiving support for professional development

Professional growth and development is key to excelling in your career, which is why any support you receive along the way is so valuable. A thank you note can strengthen your relationships with those who have supported you, which makes for better trust and understanding for future collaboration.

Tips for writing a thank you note to colleagues or management who provided support

  • Share the particular support or opportunity provided
  • If possible, share how their support has positively impacted your professional development
  • While it’s important to be warm and sincere, remember to maintain a professional tone throughout the message

10 examples for thank you notes after receiving support for professional development

  1. Thank you for believing in my potential and supporting my professional development. Your guidance has been invaluable to me.
  2. I am grateful for the opportunities you have provided for my professional growth. Your support has played a significant role in my career.
  3. Your mentorship and support in my professional development journey have been a great source of inspiration. Thank you for your invaluable guidance.
  4. Thank you for investing in my professional growth. The skills I have gained through this process have been instrumental in my career.
  5. I appreciate the support and confidence you have shown in my abilities. Thank you for contributing to my professional development.
  6. Your guidance has opened doors for me professionally, and for that I am truly grateful. Thank you for your support.
  7. Thank you for providing me with such a valuable opportunity for professional growth. Your support means the world to me.
  8. I am grateful for the time and effort you have invested in my professional development. Thank you for your guidance and support.
  9. Your support in my journey of professional growth has been a key factor in my success. Thank you for your invaluable mentorship.
  10. I want to express my sincere gratitude for your support in my professional development. Your belief in my potential has made all the difference.

Non-verbal ways to say thank you

Feel like you don’t have a way with words? Let your non-verbal cues take the lead when it comes to showing appreciation. Body language and tone both go a long way in saying thanks for the help and making sure your gratitude is felt. 

Non-verbal cues that show appreciation and gratitude

Non-verbal cues tend to happen naturally and you may not even be conscious of what your body language is communicating. Here are some non-verbal cues to be aware of when you’re saying thanks.

  • Smiling: a genuine smile conveys warmth and appreciation, making the recipient feel valued.
  • Eye contact: making eye contact shows attentiveness and helps deliver your message of thanks.
  • Nodding: an intentional nod can acknowledge someone’s help or contribution.
  • A warm gesture: a handshake, hug (if appropriate) or pat on the back can be a powerful way to express gratitude, especially when words are not enough. 

Creative ways to say thank you

There are times when traditional ways of saying thank you can feel awkward. If you’re looking to express gratitude in a way that you really mean it, then it might be time to think outside the box. 

Unique ways to express gratitude

  • Thoughtful messages: if your own words aren’t doing the job, then share a poem or quote that expresses how you’re feeling. A simple thank you letter for help and support at work will also do the job.
  • Creative artwork: if you have artistic skills, create a piece of art as a token of your appreciation.
  • Video message: record a video message expressing your gratitude.

Creative ways to show gratitude without spending money

It might be nice to give gifts to say thanks, but it’s not always appropriate to do so in a professional environment. You don’t need to spend money to express your gratitude to a colleague. Here are some alternative ideas: 

  • If you have a particular skill set that could be beneficial, offer your help
  • If they are having a tough time, lend a shoulder, ear or hand
  • Spend quality time with them, doing an activity they enjoy

When to say ‘thank you for the help’

Choosing when to express your gratitude can have an impact on its sincerity. Saying thank you right after receiving help shows that you are aware of the support you’ve been given and are genuinely appreciative. At other times, it’s best to wait for special occasions like holidays or the end of a project, when you can properly reflect on the support you’ve received.

Examples of appropriate timing to say thank you

  • After a meeting: if someone has taken the time to meet with you, a quick thank you message afterwards shows your appreciation for their time and input.
  • When receiving constructive feedback: thanking someone for providing feedback shows that you value their input and are committed to professional growth.
  • After receiving assistance on a task: if a colleague has helped you complete a task or project, thank them as soon as the work is done or the project is complete.

What to do if you can't say thank you in person

Whether words aren’t your thing or you simply can’t say thank you in person, there are plenty of other ways you can show your appreciation. 

Alternative ways to show appreciation and examples

  • Thank you email or note example: Dear [name], I wanted to reach out and say thank you for your support on the recent project. I am so thankful to have had you on my team.
  • Phone call example: Hi [name], I just wanted to call and say thank you for all your help last week. I couldn’t have done it without you, and I really appreciate your support.
  • Social media example:A huge shoutout to [name] for their hard work on our recent project. I am so grateful to have you on my team!

How to respond to ‘thank you’

Now imagine you’re on the receiving end of a heartfelt thank you. Knowing how to respond to this appreciation is as important as how you give it.

Appropriate ways to respond with examples

  • Acknowledge the thank-you message with a brief response: You’re welcome!, Anytime! or No problem at all!
  • Even if you feel like you went above and beyond, stay humble: Always happy to help! or Love to help out when I can.
  • If you enjoyed helping out, you can share this: Thank you for giving me the opportunity! or I enjoyed working on this with you, so thank you too!

Dealing with feelings of awkwardness

Expressing gratitude can sometimes feel awkward or uncomfortable. Here’s how you can navigate these feelings and express your thanks with confidence.

Overcoming the fear of expressing gratitude

As with any other skill, expressing gratitude becomes easier with practice. Start with small gestures and work your way up. People can sense when you’re not sincere. Make sure your words and actions align and reflect your feelings.

Tips for dealing with awkward situations

Some situations can feel more intimidating than others. Whether you’re thanking a superior and feeling nervous, receiving praise and not sure how to respond, or have made a mistake and have to acknowledge the error, keep it simple to minimise fluster.

  • Keep it simple: if you’re unsure of how to express gratitude, a simple ‘thank you’ is often enough
  • Use humour: lightening the mood with a bit of professional humour can always help

How to make your ‘thank you’ meaningful

It’s not always easy to ensure your ‘thank you’ actually comes across as sincere. Here are some tips to help.

Tips for making your expression of gratitude more meaningful

  • Be specific: make sure you speak to the specific details of the situation. This shows that you are genuinely appreciative and have put thought into your message.
  • Add a personal touch: personalise your message by mentioning how the person’s support or help made a difference in your life or work.
  • Offer to help: if possible, offer to return the favour or help in the future. This shows that you are willing to support them as well.
  • Use your own words: express gratitude in your own tone of voice, avoiding clichés. This adds a personal and authentic touch.

Expressing gratitude builds positive relationships, nurtures trust and creates a supportive work community. Throughout this article, we've explored various ways to say ‘thank you for your support’, ensuring your message comes from the heart. So next time you want to express your gratitude, think about who you’re thanking, be specific and be genuine and you can’t go wrong.

FAQs

What if I don't feel grateful for the support I received?

It's important to be genuine and to mean it when you say thank you. If you don't feel grateful, consider why that is and try addressing any underlying issues directly with the person involved. 

Is it appropriate to say thank you via text message or email?

Yes, there’s nothing wrong with expressing gratitude through text or email, especially if it's the usual form of communication for you and the person who helped you. 

How often should I express gratitude?

You should express gratitude whenever you genuinely feel it. There's no such thing as being too grateful. Just make sure it’s sincere.

What if I can't afford to give a gift to show my appreciation?

A heartfelt thank you note or verbal expression of gratitude is just as meaningful as a gift. 

Should I apologise for needing support before saying thank you?

This isn’t necessary at all. Everyone needs help at times and acknowledging the support you've received is the perfect response.

Can I express gratitude to someone I don't know well?

Yes, expressing gratitude to acquaintances or even strangers who have offered support is a kind gesture that can help build positive relationships.

Is it okay to say thank you in a public setting?

This can be a great way to acknowledge and appreciate someone's support. Just be mindful of the other person's comfort with being recognised in a public setting.

How can I make my thank you note more personal?

Include specific details about how their support helped you and what a difference it has made in your work life. Personal touches, such as a handwritten note or a personal anecdote, can also add warmth.

Should I explain how the support helped me when saying thank you?

Yes, explaining how their support made a difference can make your ‘thank you’ more meaningful and show the person the impact of their help.

Is it okay to use humour when expressing gratitude?

Humour can be a great addition to a thank you message, as long as it's appropriate for the situation and your relationship with the person. 

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