Shawnee Love •
December 18, 2015
As we near the end of the year, many people stop and take stock of the previous 12 months’ worth of goals, wins, and losses experienced in their personal lives. It is equally a good time to do that in the workplace although I’d like to focus on the wins first.
Taking time to celebrate your company’s wins during the year is a great ritual. Not only does it offer the opportunity to recognize employees for their valuable contributions (and I have never heard anyone say they get too much recognition), but it is an equally valuable opportunity to have fun, build relationships, recommit to your company purpose, and strengthen the team.
A celebration doesn’t have to be a major production. Simply:
- Get people together,
- Speak about the various contributions and contributors that really shone during the year, and then
- Thank everyone for being part of the team that accomplished those successes.
The more often you do these, the easier and more fluid the celebrations become and the more your team will come to expect, enjoy and trust in them. That’s a good thing, because feeling appreciated at work creates loyalty and engagement which are wonderful feelings to inspire in your people.
In our next blog, we will discuss the value of debriefing those losses and appreciating the learning that comes from them as well.