The other night I was having a discussion over the value of a ‘thank you’. There have been a few funny commercials for some product that exalt the value of thank you, but I am talking about the monetary value of a thank you.
Here at the office we are in the middle of setting up a ‘volunteer classified’ system where people post help wanted / help available ads on one of the databases. Funny enough the big sticking point is how do we reward / should we reward volunteerism? If you get gold stars and points, or cookies is it really volunteerism? Well what if you chose your own reward? In creating a flexible value exchange can we compare ‘thank you’ to gold stars and tokens in an attempt to determine their value?
Well it is something we will investigate in the future. I hope we can find a dollar value because ‘thank you’ may become the next big commodity … cheap to produce, not labor intensive, but some how it seems that it would require sincere and skilled workers.