We all just want to be and feel appreciated for what we do. We don’t require grand productions; usually just a simple “Thank You” would suffice as it positively boosts the ego, raises our self-esteem, and certainly boost morale.
Why I am saying this? 1) Because it’s true and 2) it needed to be said out loud.
Specifically, I have been the recipient of expressed appreciation and I’m sharing what it means to me.
I work for the Government where Feds wear blue badges and Contractors wear green ones. While most people interact freely and well with each other, there are some Feds who think and act like they’re above the Contractors and treat them with an inferior attitude. I’ve seen this first hand and sometimes from management. Well, I’ve been blessed and find myself rather fortunate that I’ve had and have the pleasure of working for/with not one, but two Fed managers who treat me with dignity, courtesy, respect, and most of all appreciation.
The first manager has now retired, but always took the time to thank me for what I’d done great or small, commended me on a job well done, and let me know personally when higher management has spoken well or highly of me. I typically shy away from retirement lunches etc.; however, I felt compelled to attend his, where he once again thanked me for the work I’d done and to say I was likewise a pleasure to work with.
My current manager is a real treat. He knocks cautiously on my wide open door before just walking in, he asks politely regarding anything he’d like me to do, appreciates the work I do and my contribution to “making his life easier”, and most of all thanks me. He not just thanks me, he thanks me with full and humble appreciation, which I’ve got to tell you; feels really good. I feel privileged to work with someone who does not just see me as a ‘green badge’, but as a coworker; realizing we’re all part of a team and need to work together in order to accomplish the necessary tasks. I look forward to going to work and being a part of his team instead of feeling like a lowly cog in the wheel.
A good work environment isn’t easy to come by, but I’m thankful for mine and for the appreciation that comes with it. Like the post title reflects; it’s the little things and I wholeheartedly believe that.
I hope each of you are appreciated for who you are as well as for what you do. If you aren’t, challenge those who aren’t grateful to tell you why; where possible of course.
Personally, I want to thank each of you that reads my blog that I truly do appreciate you. You don’t have to read it, but you take a little time out of your day to show interest and whether you comment or not, I still appreciate it. I don’t blog for attention, but to simply express myself in an open forum because Lord knows, I may not say anything otherwise…haha! Jokes aside, blogging has helped me grow, learn, heal, be amused, angered, etc., but most of all, I’m inspired by each of you that share your lives with lil old me.
Be blessed everyone; I love you!
Live the life you love; love the life you live!