A specific incident at work that made me feel good at work was when I started a new job at the start of summer. It was my second day of working there. I was in the kitchen and it was very slow. Other employees were standing around talking to one another with nothing to do. I chose to start cleaning all the tables, sinks, and even the fryer! I was doing so as all the other employees were still standing around talking. My boss came in the back and saw that I was the only one working in the kitchen. He told the other employees to observe what I was doing. My boss said to me that day that I was manager material and it made me feel great that someone knew I was working harder than everyone else.
A Specific Feel Good Instance submitted to Ask the Workplace Doctors by an employee of a major auto insurance company:
As for something that made me feel good it’s hard to pick just one but in the past 18 months or so I had an employee begin reporting to me who had very good skills and leadership qualities but lacked confidence in their own abilities. I was able to through 1 on 1 coaching and giving this person extra projects and encouragement that helped them interview and get accepted into a leadership program. They used the program and new skills to interview and get a promotion into a supervisor role. Of course most of it was their work ethic and talent but part of the reason I got into leadership was to help others succeed so it was very fulfilling for me to see the ability in this person and then see their success.