Don’t you just hate it when you’ve given someone a present and the person doesn’t even bother to acknowledge that it was received? It’s especially hurtful if you’ve put a lot of thought or money into the gift. But, even if you’ve remembered a person at the last minute and emailed him or her a Staple’s gift card, you still think you deserve to be thanked, right?
Now, I know that anyone who is reading this is thinking, “Yeah! I hear ya sister!” or something similar, using currently used language. You continue the thought: “If so-and-so doesn’t thank me this year, he/she is OFF my list!” Of course, if you actually don’t send a present to so-and-so, then you will definitely hear from that person, or his or her mother, or even your mother. It’s odd how people always remember to complain.
By now, I probably have you really worked up. You’re probably thinking, “How dare they get angry with me for not sending a gift to someone who can’t even pick up the phone or send me an email?” Damn straight. You would never be so inconsiderate.
Or would you? How often does your boss decide that the day before a company-paid holiday, and the company-paid day-after-the-holiday, should become a company-paid half-day-off? Or how often does your boss give you a holiday off, and sometimes the day after it? Sure, the government might mandate that certain days are paid holidays, but the government isn’t the one paying you to not work. And do you ever directly thank the person who is paying you? Hmmm.
Why don’t we thank our bosses? I work in a very small company and find it strange that we will all gladly take a half-day off today, and a whole day off on Thanksgiving and the day after, and not acknowledge the person who provided our bounty. If I were my boss, I’d be angry enough to start throwing office furniture at my employees.
It might not be feasible to thank the CEO of the huge conglomerate you work for, but if your supervisor lets you leave early the day before a holiday, shouldn’t you say “Thank you”? And, if you work in a small company, isn’t it downright inexcusable not to thank your CEO, who sits across the room or in a nearby office?
We thank people all the time for little courtesies. So, how can we ignore the big ones? I suggest that we all thank our bosses now, before we’re the ones who are off the list next year.
Do the right thing, Pilgrim. Don’t be a turkey.