Letter #1:
Thanks for taking my advice so seriously. Those who learn from others’ experience are usually a step ahead of the rest. Purchasing a home within your means now is a wise move. I’m sure you’ve done the right thing. You’re young and will have time to purchase a larger home later. It’s important to build equity now. It looks like you have a great future.

Letter #2:
I am pleased that you have taken my advice to begin saving through payroll deduction. If you place at least three percent of your gross salary each month into a tax sheltered annuity, the company will contribute another three percent. If you continue your savings and increase them gradually, you will have a very nice retirement income after 30 years. Saving this way was the best advice I received when I joined NEC Corporation, and I am always eager to pass it on to new employees. Best wishes for a happy, prosperous career.

Letter #3:
I was very pleased when I learned you had decided to go ahead with my recommendation to decrease the workweek to four nine-hour days. While it is true that this plan will not succeed in some industries, ours seems to be one where the potential benefits merit this bold experiment. I hope the new workweek is as good to you as it has been to me.

Letter #4:
Thank you for implementing my suggestion regarding air quality management in our shop. Ever since the new filtration system was installed I have felt healthier, and our productivity has risen just over 10 percent. It is a pleasure to work in an environment where employee suggestions are taken seriously.

Letter #5:
Hi Guys,

Wishing you a very happy and prosperous 2010.

I could not start my 2010 without acknowledging and thanking you for your contribution last year. It was a difficult year for all of us and mostly when we were thrown into the deep end of the ocean in what turned out to be a whirlwind trip. Looking at the results we should be happy that we were able to beat the odds and get to an acceptable level of growth and success.

In hindsight we will always feel that a lot more could have been done but the same hindsight also gives us an overview of what we have achieved with our limited experience in a turbulent business climate. I feel proud of the fat that the Eweb centres are the only division that has been able to generate positive growth for the company and it’s a testimonial to each one of your ability to lead and accept responsibility. I am sure each one of us now are a more confident in our abilities that what we were same time last year.

Bob Hawke is a fantastic new addition into our group and watching him go about his work in the last three weeks has installed a lot of confidence that he will successfully steer this business in the right direction.

Best of luck for 2010 and I will be in touch with you regularly as usual.