Employee engagement is usually seen as a top-down proposition. I did a good job. The boss says thank you. I go back to work. My direct report does a good job. I say thank you. I go back to work.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if we turned this process in the other direction? If you thanked your boss for a good job, would a tear begin to form in the space-time continuum like present-day Marty McFly locking eyes with old Marty McFly in the future?

Probably not. So, take a second the next time your boss says “thanks” and thank him back. If you get sucked into a vortex of some kind, we’ll take all the blame. If you get a smile or a laugh, you’ll get all the credit.