One of the things I am most grateful for is being heard.
Sad, isn’t it? In a world filled with noise, we don’t listen to each other. For me, I feel I am heard so infrequently that it actually shocks me when people get what I’m trying to say.
For example, this month is employee appreciation month at work. Now anyone who works in our division who is paying attention knows I am always out there exercising and eating healthy. So how do our administrators decide to show their appreciation for their employees? By feeding us. Great. Just great.
First we were given cookies on National Healthy Lunch Day. The irony was not lost on me. Then several days later they took the entire work group to lunch at a restaurant where the only option for a vegan was a salad I could have bought in a bag at Kroger for less than half of what they paid for it.
I was not impressed. But one must be gracious, right? So I gave away my cookies when no one noticed and sat and ate my crappy salad with a smile on my face.
Contrast that to Tuesday when I’m sitting in my cubicle bored out of my skull reading policy because that’s my reward for getting my work done on time. It’s freezing in my area; I am buried under my coat and still cold. The director of the division happened to walk by and, seeing me, asked me if I was cold. And I’m like, yeah! I’m freezing up in here!
And I don’t know, maybe it was coincidence, but the next day it seemed warmer in my area. It didn’t cost him a dime to listen and acknowledge what I was conveying non-verbally. Yet it bought much more goodwill with me than the food did.
Made me wonder how much we’re truly appreciated when administrators are more willing to pay out close to $1,000 to feed us than to spend the time it takes to actually get to know us.
The readers I am most grateful for are those who hear what I’m saying and don’t try to shush me or tell me I shouldn’t feel that way. For those of you who come here regularly and get me, I am so very grateful. And I am going to make a greater effort to reciprocate. I have been remiss in that regard, and I apologize.