We recently had a annual HR strategy meeting in our organisation. This year there was a suggestion given by a young colleague of mine. It was to request all employees to name one family member of theirs, who have made a lasting impact on their life and career. They were advised to give this information well in advance to the organisers. The organisers on their part printed a nicely worded letter of appreciation signed by the CHRO.
I was touched by the idea and the way it was implemented. Almost all employees had tears in their eyes, when they received this appreciation letter along with the token gift from their respective managers during the course of the conference.
This was not the end of it. After the conference, we got emails, messages and letters from their family members for this thoughtful gesture. I was overwhelmed by their response. What started as an innovative idea by a young colleague ended in stirring emotions amongst hundreds of human beings across the organization and their families.
The lesson we learnt from this idea was that gratitude and recognition are much more valuable than monetary rewards. In our daily routine, we tend to forget these simple deeds, which can make them feel cared for and appreciated. We always have to remember that what we are today is the outcome of the toil of many unsung heroines and heroes in our lives.
S Ramesh Shankar