What’s better than money?
Okay, so last week I had my yearly review here at work, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
On one hand, I got the “We’re still in transition and the budget is tight” script (ie: don’t order a pool), but at the same time, my supervisor have some VERY nice things to say about my work this year and was extremely complimentary; going out of his way to make me feel valued and an important part of the team.
So, first, let me ask you this:
Are you a “make me feel important,” or a “show me the money” kind of employee?
(Understanding that there’s nothing wrong with either take.)
As I thought about our meeting, over the course of the weekend, I realized that as much as I would have liked a big, fat raise, the acknowledgement was pretty great. I’ve worked for companies in the past where you got your yearly “cost o’ living” raise, but no one ever had anything to say about your work, unless you screwed something up.
This just didn’t do it for me.
A few years back, my wife and I read:
And I realized that my preferred “language” is verbal praise & gifts; so this is something of a two-edged sword for me. On one hand, my boss didn’t have much to offer me in the way of “gifts,” but he did do everything in his power to let me know how much he valued me and how important I was to the team.
Am I just a hopeless narcissist? Because, given the options, I think I’d rather be acknowledged for the hard work I’m doing, than just be given more money and left to feel like another replaceable cog in the machine.
Obviously, the best of both worlds would be a slap on the back AND a big fat raise, but given the option…
Which would you prefer and why?