I think we can all agree that when someone puts in a lot of work it’s important to say ”thank you.” Not everything requires fireworks, cannons and a corps of dancing Chippendales (or Chippengirls – equal opportunity) of course. Sometimes it’s enough to send a well-timed email, give a pat on the back, or ring someone up on the phone to merely say “I appreciate all you’ve done.”
People crave personal and heartfelt recognition. Who doesn’t want an ‘atta boy every now and again? Am I right?
It seems like something every manager or organization would know is important. Yet, the longer I live on this earth, the more I realize it often escapes a lot of people. It’s a concept that just doesn’t get pinned down in their brains; like dandelion fluff adrift in the air. Like tumbleweeds gyrating lazily down Interstate 25. Like clouds floating in Denver Portland Madison on 4/20.
I recently had a conversation with someone who had worked for an organization for 10 years. It was not an extremely large organization so his work was known to most every associate. As he transferred from department to department over the years it only increased his socialization and relationships across the depth and breadth of the organization.
During his tenure he made some pretty major contributions, drove some key strategic initiatives, and contributed to growing success among the organization’s market/customer base. When he retired, with a lengthy notice, he dutifully trained his successor, wrapped up some final items and headed off to enjoy his golden years after a decade of service.
Ten years. A dime. A 10th of a century.
At the end of his notice period he was treated to the standard off boarding experience – “turn in your keys, complete this paperwork and be aware we’ll be changing your passwords at COB today” – and sent on his way.
He wasn’t expecting fireworks, cannons or a corps of dancing Chippendales Chippengirls.
But a thank you would have been nice.