I recently changed positions at Red Hat, more on that in my February goals post.
After sending a short email to the teams I’d been working with announcing this change, I received a few personal emails back. I was really touched by people who thanked me and even more so by people who told me something specific they appreciated about working with me.
Some of the responses surprised me while others confirmed things I’d worked hard to do, but wasn’t always sure they were appreciated. It was touching and meant a lot to me and to hear these things. I realized what a simple, but effective gesture this is.
The next time someone I work with announces that they are leaving I’m going to do the same thing–wish them well and tell them something I appreciated about them.