Do most companies have awards ceremonies? We had one the other day and it was appalling. I know of no other word to describe it. People that had worked on random little projects got awards. It was humbling, saddening, and completely offensive all at the same time.
It made everyone that didn’t get an award feel like garbage.
I walked out of the meeting and straight to my car. I thought that if this is the type of reward for all of our hard work then I had better forget being a devoted employee. Well, I can be devoted to my work, but perhaps not to the organization.
Lesson Learned: Give credit where credit is due. Perhaps this means not having awards ceremonies, but rather private acknowledgement, public email thank yous, or just regular positive feedback to anyone that performs well.