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25+ Best Thanksgiving Messages to Employees at Work

By Preethi Jathanna

Senior Writer for HR and Remote Work

Thanksgiving Messages to Employees

Any occasion to build your rapport with your coworkers should be embraced with open arms. Particularly in the United States and Canada, Thanksgiving is an ideal national holiday to express the gratitude and thankfulness that you have towards your colleagues, regardless of whether it’s because they bring a sense of fun to the workplace or because they are always the epitome of efficiency and productivity. 

In this article, we've listed 25+ thoughtful Thanksgiving messages to employees for expressing your gratitude and appreciation for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.

Looking for celebratory messages to send to colleagues on other occasions? Take a look at these Christmas wishes, thank you messages, compliments for coworkers, and welcome missives.

1. Thanksgiving Messages for Colleagues 

Thanksgiving Message to Employees Who are Colleagues

Thanksgiving messages for colleagues are friendly notes you send to your workmates to express thanks and to create a more friendly work environment. Here are some happy Thanksgiving messages to employees who are colleagues - 

  1. “I’ve written this Thanksgiving message to say thank you to everyone for making this office such a supportive, fun place to work. Happy holidays, ladies and gentlemen!”

  2. “Thanksgiving seems like the perfect opportunity for me to give thanks to all the people that make this office such an awesome place to work. Can’t wait to see what we can achieve together in the coming months.”

  3. “This Thanksgiving message to colleagues gives me the chance to say how much I appreciate everyone's hard work this quarter. Go off and have a brilliant time with your families – you deserve it!”

  4. “Happy Thanksgiving everyone! You are all such valued members of the team and it’s a pleasure working with you each and every day. Thank you for trusting in the management team to have your best interests at heart as well as helping us to bring the company to bigger and better successes.”

  5. Thanksgiving is a special time of year dedicated to spending time with your family, but I’m lucky enough to be able to spend the rest of the 12 months with my second family here in the office. Thank you, and happy holidays!”

2. Thanksgiving Messages for Peers

Thanksgiving messages for peers are kind words you send to your work friends to say thank you and to make your friendship stronger. It's a way to share warm and happy Thanksgiving wishes during the holiday season. Here are the best Thanksgiving messages to employees who are peers - 

  1. “Happy Thanksgiving to the person who keeps me sane when I have to deal with a particularly difficult client. Having such a supportive teammate has made working here so much more enjoyable, not to mention much less stressful.”
  2. “Have a great time back home with your family. This might sound strange, but I am actually looking forward to coming back to the office so that we can get back to crushing it! Happy Thanksgiving.”

  3. “This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful to work with someone who is as upbeat and enthusiastic as you. Every day is an adventure in the office thanks to your boundless creativity and sense of fun.”

  4. “I hope you enjoy all the delicious Thanksgiving food this holiday has to offer. Don’t be afraid to bring some tasty leftovers back to the office to share with your favorite coworker! 

  5. “I’m so thankful that I’m still working with such a kind and caring coworker after all these years. Here’s to many more months of fellowship. Happy Friendsgiving!”

  6. “I want to share with you this Thanksgiving some of the wisest words ever said in the history of humankind: ‘There is nothing better than a friend, unless it’s a friend with chocolate.’ Have a super holiday!”

3. Thanksgiving Messages for Managers

Thanksgiving messages to employees who are managers are appreciative notes you send to your bosses to say thanks for their leadership and support. It's a way to show gratitude during the Thanksgiving season. Here are a few messages - 

  1. “I’m writing this Thanksgiving message for appreciation of all the times you’ve helped me when I’ve struggled to meet a deadline or had issues with the back-end system. You’re an inimitable inspiration when it comes to patience and kindness.”

  2. “To a much-admired colleague this holiday season, I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving. I am incredibly grateful to be working with someone who is so generous with their time and thoughtful in the way they express themselves within the workplace.”
  3. “Thank you for your willingness to always listen to new ideas and consider alternative ways of working. Being able to spend this Thanksgiving with my family is largely down to your understanding around the benefits of remote working, and I greatly appreciate the support you have given me in trying to make this a permanent mode of employment.”

  4. “The best part of Thanksgiving is getting to have a festive feast with my family. The second-best part is that it gives me the opportunity to express how much I enjoy working with you. While some people struggle with figuring out what to say in a Thanksgiving message, I’ve got it simplified to two words: thank you.”

  5. “You never cease to be a beacon of sense and sensibility in the workplace environment. This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to observe and learn from you.”

4. Thanksgiving Messages to Team

Thanksgiving messages to the team are kind notes you send to your group of colleagues to say thank you and boost team spirit. It's a way to share appreciation and warmth during the holiday season.

  1. "Your efforts and commitment have been instrumental in our success. May your holiday be filled with warmth and happiness."

  2. "On this day of gratitude, I want to extend my appreciation to each member of our team. Together, we've achieved so much, and I'm excited for what the future holds. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones."

  3. "Thanksgiving is a time to count our blessings, and having a team like ours is truly something to be thankful for. Your professionalism, camaraderie, and unwavering support are deeply appreciated. Enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration!"

  4. "In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the incredible individuals who make up our team. Your talents, dedication, and teamwork inspire me daily. Wishing you and your families a day filled with love and gratitude."

  5. “Your performance as a team has been absolutely stellar over the past few months, enabling us to surpass our quota early. I couldn’t ask for better people to work with. Happy Thanksgiving!”

5. Funny Thanksgiving Messages to Employees

Funny Thanksgiving messages to employees are humorous notes or jokes you share to add laughter to your holiday celebrations. They're meant to bring smiles and lightheartedness to your Thanksgiving gatherings.

  1. “Many people have mentioned what a brilliant team player you’ve been over the past few months. I hope you continue giving them pumpkins to talk about over the next few months, too.

  2. “My family told me to stop telling Thanksgiving jokes, but I said I couldn't quit cold turkey. That’s why I’m recycling all my best lines for you this holiday season. Happy Turkey Day!"

  3. “Here’s hoping there’s much ado about stuffing around your Thanksgiving table this year. And always remember: it's all fun and games until you have to unbutton your pants.”

  4. “I yam so thankful for all the hard work you’ve put in over the past quarter. There's nothing butter than seeing your commitment and dedication when it comes to achieving your KPIs – and I’m sure we ain’t seen stuffing yet.”

  5. “Mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole. There’s always more than one side to the story! Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving.”

  6. “Sorry my Thanksgiving puns are so corny, but I have to say that stuffing compares to you. Don’t let the holidays gobble up your sanity, just keep the gourd times rolling. Eat, drink, and cranberry!”

6. How to Celebrate Thanksgiving Virtually at Work?

You can celebrate Thanksgiving virtually at work by organizing a team gathering on a platform like Zoom or Microsoft teams, leveraging online activities or games to create a festive atmosphere for your colleagues.

Another fantastic option for a virtual Thanksgiving celebration is  Hooray Teams, the ultimate team-building platform. They've got a whole array of hosted virtual team-building activities, from Thanksgiving cocktail making class to Thanksgiving cupcake decorating, Thanksgiving cookie decorating, and Thanksgiving Trivia. What's even more exciting is their pre-order Thanksgiving packages, which include delightful surprises like themed snacks, goodies, a cozy beverage kit, and more, adding a special touch to your celebration.

To book a virtual Thanksgiving event with Hooray Teams, simply choose your preferred event and reach out to them— they'll handle the rest.

7. FAQs

7.1. How do you wish someone a professional Thanksgiving?

Sending a Thanksgiving messages to employees can be lighthearted while still remaining within the confines of professional etiquette. Especially if it’s a CEO message to employees on Thanksgiving, err on the side of caution when it comes to sending out your holiday greetings.

7.2. Can you say happy Thanksgiving at work?

It’s always important to be sensitive to the feelings of your employees. While an overtly Christian Thanksgiving messages to employees might be considered questionable, the general rule of thumb is that the holiday is so quintessentially American, that it’s unlikely to cause offense if you wish someone a happy Thanksgiving. If in doubt, stick to the tried and true ‘happy holidays.’

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