It feels really rewarding to have your boss give you feedback and acknowledge your hard work, and it seems Oprah really takes the time and effort to thank her employees.
Janet says: "I felt like her managerial skill is knowing that her employees are doing a lot of work — she would always acknowledge that in emails, in meetings — you always felt that she acknowledged the effort put into the show. She always showed it by having team photos at the end of the season, by giving all of us group trips, and by being so generous with her money and time.
She gifted a trip to Hawaii to her whole staff and it included everyone — from the receptionist, to the mailroom attendant, to the producers. So everyone went on this beautiful, all-paid vacation to Hawaii, and you could bring your family and children under age 17, and this was all-inclusive.
Even though you work hard, it was acknowledged. What do you have to complain about? That’s one thing you don’t get in most companies. You feel you work really hard but you feel that no one is really seeing that and no one’s really evaluating it with any clear perspective from a clear and casual way, so maybe that’s one of the big differences working at Oprah. You always felt that your hard work was in direct proportion to the accolades that you would get at the end of the day."