It is always nice to get some recognition from your workplace. Something to say: thanks for doing a good job. I recently was got some recognition twice this week which in both cases did make me feel good about the work I do.
The first was very simple. My manger dropped off a small bag of candy at my desk with a Christmas card. In the card was a hand written note thanking me for my contributions this year to the group with specific examples of what was meaningful to her. While this form of recognition was fairly simple, it was very effective to let me know I was valued at work and someone appreciated what I do. I think what really makes this special is the fact I don’t expect it. After all this is from my boss’s boss, so for her to take the time to drop something off was nice.
The second piece of recognition was much more formal and public. I was invited back to a meeting of the Regina Public School Board where I was formally presented with a very nice looking award for my years of service to the Board. Again this was somewhat unexpected, because I knew the Board was honouring one of the other trustees, but I didn’t expect something for me. It was also very nice to visit with the group and see everyone just prior the the holidays.
In both cases, I didn’t get anything worth a significant amount of money. So while a cash bonus is sort of nice, when you expect it, the bonus becomes less meaningful. It was the effort by those people to make me feel important just for a minute that was nice. It reminded me a of quote from a class on customer care where the instructor said “Imagine people are walking around with signs on their forehead that say: Make Me Feel Important.” Everyone loves that feeling and you don’t have to work with someone to provide it. You can also do small things at home to make your loved ones feel important. Again it doesn’t have to involve a lot of money, flowers when they aren’t expected are worth more than roses on Valentines day.
So in the end, I have to say I like recognition, but I don’t care if there is a lot of money involved. It’s the unexpected act that matters most to me. So how do you like your recognition? Formal or informal? Private or public?