Its a simple word one used far too infrequently
yet it carries tremendous weight. It has the ability
to repair relationships, acknowledge contributions and inspire
The essence of that expression was conveyed in varied ways
this week as members of the ITD executive management team
joined other state agency leaders in thanking employees for
their tireless efforts.
'We have charted a path forward, and your integrity,
hard work and determination have made it possible for
us to establish Idaho as a leader among all 50 states...'
State Employee Appreciation week was initiated three years
ago to acknowledge the public service of employees to the
citizens of Idaho.
It came at a time when budgets were tight, salary increases
were put on hold and expectations stepped up. Those conditions
have eased slightly, although budget scrutiny is an ongoing
process. Most ITD employees received a mid-year salary increase
and look forward to another modest increase in July.
Economic improvements aside, however, employees still appreciated
the special thanks they received this week.
Members of the executive team at ITDs headquarters
assumed a servant role Wednesday, fanning out to cover every
office and every cubicle. They began with 700 gourmet, individually
wrapped thank-you cookies and personally delivered
them to employees.
It punctuated a week of special recognition. A jar with carefully
layered M&M peanut candy was claimed by the person who
came closest to guessing the number contained in the jar.
Several prizes also were distributed to raffle winners Tuesday
ITD employees throughout Idaho shared in the spirit of appreciation.