It usually feels pretty good when someone tells you that you’re awesome. I mean… who doens’t like to be told what they are good at?
About six years ago, a previous employer of mine decided they were going to shut down a pretty large operational facility on the west coast. It happened to be the office where I worked, as well as a couple thousand other people.
My boss at the time decided that we should do something meaningful for the hard-working people in our department. She showed myself & the other managers in our group something she had received while working at another company that had decided to shut down a facility.
In an 8 1/2 x 11 frame, she held a document entitled “YOU ARE VALUED”. Below that, there were bullet points listing things that each person in the department had contributed that they appreciated about her.
We all thought it was a great idea. We had a group of about 60 people who I can honestly say worked incredibly well together, supported one another, and has been the best group of folks that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. We knew, given the closeness of the staff, we would really be able to give people a meaningful gift to take with them. And it really felt good when we were presenting them to people. Everyone was really moved by the kind words that their friends & colleagues had to say about them. It made them smile!
This is mine below 🙂 I have proudly displayed it in every office that I have had since then, and it now hangs on the wall in my home office. Any time I need a boost of self-confidence, I take a look at it and it always makes me smile!
Want to create your own DIY “You Are Valued” certificate to give to a group of employees or volunteers you manage for recognition of a job well done? I created a free image of a blue ribbon that you can use. Just add the image to your own Microsoft Word document or whatever word processing software you use.
Have you ever gotten a gift like this? Did it make you smile? Did it inspire you? Tell me about it below!
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