This week I was cleaning out an old email folder and found a lot of emails from my former boss. They were those types of emails that were copied to leadership saying “these are great comments from people. keep this for your performance appraisal.”
I had a lot of them. Over 10 emails. I had kept them to refer back to for my performance appraisals. Unfortunately, I always forget these things and didn’t use them, but it was nice to have a warm feeling again as I reviewed them.
I haven’t received an email like that in over two years. When I have received a compliment it has only been a partial compliment and felt forced. In fact, typically I only receive a group compliment.
It is a good experience for me in a way. I need to tell people how much they are appreciated a little more often.