Did you say "thank you" with conviction this week?

Your Friday Trigger Question

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Back in the 1980s, bosses treated people a bit differently than today. At least, in the places I worked. The same probably happened in the 70s, 60s, and so on backwards. But I remember the Eighties because I joined the workforce in 1979.

Some newer workers, mostly very younger ones, expect to be treated as if they are special. Whenever I interact with this handle-with-care generation (sorry, Traveling Wilburys), this memory from my 1980s pops up:

My boss summons me. He tells me I am being promoted. Over much older and more experienced managers. I am unsure. And concerned. And afraid. I naively ask, "What if I don't want the promotion?" He points behind me and says, "See that thing? It's a door."

That was the era when your reward for doing your job well was... you got to keep it.

"Thank you" and "well done" were almost unheard of. But when you did hear one or the other, it meant a lot. It felt like you just got a bonus.

Okay. Maybe it wasn't as bad as all that. But we sure as peanuts weren't handled with care. We were there to do a job. The messaging was clear, consistent and blunt. Perform or push off. Deliver or disappear. Get it done or get your briefcase.

Maybe I have mellowed. A bit. I now think that financial payment is not always reward enough for a job done well enough. Maybe a "thank you" or two should be added. Now and then. With conviction. No faking.

But not too often.

Then again, it might just be Thanksgiving casting its spell on me.

Your Friday Trigger Question

Did you say "thank you" with conviction this week?

(Or did you fake it?)