Dear all knowing Internet,
It has happened to all of us. We do the work and somebody takes the credit. In one such instance, I worked with my supervisor at the time on a response to a national technology survey on behalf of my state. When we get the results we and it turns out my state received its highest marks ever.
Fast forward a few weeks and my supervisor is on stage in front of my whole agency receiving an award from the CIO for all the hard work that went into the response. I sat there waiting for at least an acknowledgment. Well it never came.
Reflecting on this experience made me realize one that credit is one of the only things we have in government to reward workers. In an age of hiring freezes (and in some instances promotion freezes) and the constant threats of layoffs, getting credit for an accomplishment is a satisfying way to be rewarded for a job well done. Credit is something that you don’t really appreciate it until it’s taken away from you.
How do you reward your workers? Please share your experiences. I am interested in hearing your thoughts.
Young and Frustrated