A friend of mine recently got a new job after feeling unappreciated at her old job for quite some time. On her last day, the boss called an office meeting and made a sincere and touching speech about all the wonderful things she had contributed to the organization (many of which she thought had gone unnoticed); how her work and personality was always very much appreciated and how she would be sorely missed.
My friend was absolutely gob-smacked. "If I'd known my boss felt that way about me all along, I might never have left," she said.
Take-away: NEVER underestimate the value of showing appreciation. It can make or break your organization and costs absolutely nothing.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Center for Nonprofit Management