This past autumn, I celebrated my five-year anniversary at the company where I work.
Not about the five-year anniversary – I certainly have worked there for five years now. It’s the celebrating thing I’m lying about. I didn’t celebrate – or even really notice that my five-year anniversary came and went. And no one else did either.
I am not surprised.
My company talks a good talk about appreciating its employees – at least twice a year there are employee satisfaction surveys that we are pressured asked to complete. Although the results are always dismal – nothing there really changes. Instead, the next email demands asks politely that we vote for the company so that it makes the list of “Best Places to Work.”
The company has never made the list of “Best Places to Work.”
When I finally realized that my 5-year anniversary had come and gone, I was initially a bit offended that I had not received some sort of recognition for my years of hard work. But then I got to thinking – perhaps there was no system in place for that sort of thing. After all, we’re talking about a company that had consolidated revenues of 2.5 billion dollars last year – but for four out of the past five years gave every employee a generous Christmas bonus of $10.00. That’s not a typo – its $10.00 – not in cash, but in the form of a gift certificate to a local grocery store. If I can combine it with a good sale, it pays for about half a Christmas ham or turkey.
God bless us, everyone!
Now, I know my company has some programs in place to reward employees for good behavior excellent service…such as the “Catch You When We Feel Like It” (name changed). Here’s how it works. If someone (your boss, or another employee, or maybe a patient) is impressed with you for going above and beyond – such as doing work you are not required to do – they can ask for a “Catch You When We Feel Like It” to be issued to you. Each “Catch You When We Feel Like It” is worth $1 – and you have to collect five of them before you can “cash them in” for a $5 gift card. “Catch You When We Feel Like Its” are a scare commodity. In fact, they are doled out as if they are the last remaining ration of bread during a worldwide famine. I recently cashed in five “Catch You When We Feel Like Its” – it only took me two years to get enough for my $5 Subway gift card!
It was an exciting day.
In the scheme of things, I guess that being recognized for five years of employment is really not important – but I was curious, so I did a little research to see if significant anniversaries with the company was even a thing.
Apparently, it is!
“Employees celebrating five years of service in 2014 (Hey, that’s me!) will receive a pin and certificate, sent to your department leader in March 2015. Your managers will present them to you at that time.”
When I checked last, it is now May. So far, no glorious pin or frame worthy certificate has been “presented” to me (or even unceremoniously dropped on my desk while I’m in the bathroom).
Perhaps the boss is planning a five-year celebration for me when I hit six-years in next fall.
I can dream, can’t I??
Tell me about your workplace — do they appreciate you? How do they show it?