I work for an awesome company. I received a phone call this week thanking me for my work this year. Working out of a home office has its pros and cons. One thing that can be easily lost is appreciation. I have always felt appreciated as an employee.
They did not say Thank you with words alone, "There will be a little something extra in your stocking this week." When I signed into my bank account today, there were two deposits that were both larger than my typical pay check.
Then I received a call from another boss. He had my review ready. Yes I got a raise and back pay. So I received a double blessing. I will know for sure when I get my pay stub. But I think that my bonus was equal to a pay check (3.8% of my annual pay).
They also match 3% of my 401K investment and last month announced a profit sharing of an additional 3% that was going to be added to our 401K.
It is not just money that shows appreciation. In the next two weeks, I will have 6 days off with Holiday pay. Sweet! When we travel it is hard on our families. They go out of their way to make sure that we get some designated family time.