Many businesses and teams gather together on a regular basis to celebrate birthdays and holidays. These are great tools to show appreciation, build loyalty and enhance teamwork. I strongly urge all businesses to take advantage of such opportunities to bring the element of fun into the workplace.
But there is another, often overlooked, opportunity. This celebration not only offers needed enjoyment, relief and "down time," but actually encourages progress and performance at the same time. Celebrate success!
Celebration of success has a profound motivational impact. Thomas J. Peters, noted consultant and author of In Search of Excellence wrote that you should “celebrate what you want to see more of.” While routine parties are wonderful, they are rarely connected to achievement. When celebrations are tied to performance, they are seen as a reward, creating an added incentive - something tangible to strive for.
There are a wide range of opportunities for celebrating success in the workplace. Most performance driven organizations have plans with milestones of progress. They include specific goals for individuals and teams. Each time a new milestone or goal is reached, you have a new opportunity to celebrate. These celebrations can highlight a specific employee’s accomplishments or those of a team, department, or the entire organization. The celebrations can include all employees in the business of be limited to a specific workgroup.
Celebrations need not be limited to accomplishments within the confines of the work environment. Tremendous loyalty can be built by celebrating an employee's personal achievements and recognizing milestones in their personal development. Schools recognize the importance of extra curricular activity to the growth of individuals. When employees are involved in professional associations and organizations, the employer benefits from enhanced character, teamwork and performance. Celebrate awards and other achievements beyond the workplace. Try having a graduation, course completion or awards party!
Finally, don't forget to reward yourself. My coaching programs emphasize that an individual should celebrate their own successes. It is great if your employer recognizes the value of such celebration, but you don’t have to depend on employers for recognition. You can throw your own party and invite friends, family and co-workers.
This is the perfect opportunity to thank those who have offered support and assistance. When you get into the habit of celebrating your own successes, you will find that each celebration provides greater motivation and a new boost of energy.
When was the last time your team had a party? Maybe it's time for another one?