my favorite recognition moment: the yellow tie
Jarond was floored when the CEO of his company not only attended his five year anniversary celebration, but also brought him a personalized gift. To know that the CEO valued Jarond’s unique contributions to the team, and wanted to celebrate his great work, made all the difference. That’s why Jarond’s five year anniversary is his favorite appreciation moment to date.
“When I first started with the company, one day I passed the CEO in the hall, and he was wearing a suit and a yellow tie. And I complimented him on the yellow tie. Without flinching, he took the yellow tie off and he said, ‘Here, you can just have it.’ And I thought he was kidding, but I said, ‘Oh cool, thanks!’ and I took it and I walked away, and I kept the tie.
So, fast forward to my five year anniversary. The CEO showed up to my five year service anniversary with a gift bag and he had another yellow tie in it. And that was just kind of a wink, kind of a nod. And he talked to me later that day and said ‘Hey, you’re extremely valuable to this company and we’re really lucky to have you.’ And that coming from the top down, it’s awesome. I could go on for days about the cool recognition our leaders have given me. Just genuine respect and at-work recognition. It’s been fantastic.”
It’s amazing how interactions with upper-level management can make appreciation even more impactful. Share your favorite appreciation moment below, and then take a moment to review the ABC’s of appreciation to make your next recognition moment shine.