Yesterday a high-potential, high-performing VP called:
Karin, the thing is, I know I’ve been accomplishing a lot. And I shouldn’t need this. But, I just wish one of the big guys would just say “thank you.” HR and my peers have told me “Oh, if you haven’t heard anything, you can be sure you’re doing just fine. if you’re screwing up, that will be perfectly clear. No news is good news. But. The truth is, I’m so hungry for a simple “thank you,” or a nod that I’m on the right track. Is that bad?
Of course not, I replied. “It means you’re human.”
Yes, even the guys getting paid “the big bucks” need to hear that they matter and are making a difference.
If they are, and you’re in a position to tell them– please do. And if they’re not, please tell them why. Silence does nothing to advance the game.
And for everyone else. If an exec being given increased responsibility and a healthy paycheck feels this way, imagine what the lack of meaningful feedback and recognition feels like at the front line.
When it comes to showing appreciation, it’s hard to over do recognition– if it’s done well and is spoken from the heart.
And so this Valentine’s Day we bring you…