I have to agree with jacal01 on recognition. It doesn't need to be a plaque, award, or anything official, but an ongoing acknowledgement that I'm doing my job well and that my boss is noticing does a lot of good (at least for me). Raises and bonuses are nice, but those only happen once a year (usually), so the weekly/monthly thumbs up or "thank you" is helpful during that between time. Good bosses automatically do this, and they let you know when they're fighting for bonuses come that time. In fact, I'd be willing to bet that Jason gives this recognition without realizing it, like every time he praises his team in this thread
Yeah, good bosses do this.
Some then tell you that they appreciate everything you've done, but we're letting you go due to a reorganization and it's a cost cutting move, not a performance issue.
After 25 years, that made me feel much better (sarcasmfont).
Good boss became "ex-boss". Not really sure that he was ever "good" (or sincere) now that I look back on it.