I once had a really great boss. She spoke honestly, listened sincerely, never took credit for someone else’s work and balanced her own heavy workload with coaching and developing the people on her team.She was one of those rare people who can make a run to Starbucks feel like mentoring.
One year at Christmas I got my regular Christmas bonus and a small gift from my boss with a card. It was an orange cinnamon scented candle from L’Occitane, exquisitely wrapped. Just a simple gesture of thoughtfulness. The card included a hand-written message thanking me for several specific contributions I had made over the year.
Now, I’m a rational person. If I had to choose between a scented candle from my manager and a cash bonus, I’d take the money.
But the gift meant more. In particular, the thoughtfulness behind the gift and the personal message that said she was paying attention and valued my work.
If you manage a team, you may not be able to give your team a Christmas bonus this year. Fortunately, that needn’t stop you from giving small gifts of your own with a personal message of thanks.
I’ve had several other great bosses with different strengths and personalities but one thing they all had in common was that they showed appreciation for my work.
Human assets only appreciate if you appreciate them, after all.So, don’t give people the same old song this Christmas about how there’s no money for raises or bonuses. Why not give them something to sing about?
Picture courtesy of L'Occitane website. No free L'Occitane products were received for mentioning L'Occitane in this post.
Laura Schroeder is the Product Manager for Compensation Solutions at Workday, headquartered in Pleasanton, CA. She has more than twelve years of experience designing, developing, implementing and evangelizing Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions in the US, Asia and Europe. Her articles and interviews on HCM topics have been published in national and European trade journals. She currently lives in Munich, Germany and enjoys reading, writing and spending time with friends and family.