So we had our company meeting today at my company and during it I had a thought that prompted this post. Our CEO stated something along the lines of “if things are quiet then the applications are doing well”, meaning that if clients were not complaining then there were no problems. He then continued on to thank us, as a company, and us, as software engineers, for putting in the time and hard work to make a successful application and business. For the most part our company tends to get it right when it comes to appreciating its employees.
In my prior experience, thanks for a job well done is far overshadowed by the weight, urgency, and even vehemency of complaints. At times we are given a pat on the back or a “good job”, but only if we are lucky. More often we only take our own personal satisfaction away from a job, which is usually sufficient. However, even the most upbeat person needs and deserves a pat on the back every once in a while. Take some time to thank those around you for the job well done.