Are you taking the time to acknowledge the successes in your organization? Is celebrating success as second thought in your day to day?
As executive leaders, it’s easy to get moving on the next thing before we celebrate our successes and achievements, especially the small wins. Celebration honors the work that has been done and shows gratitude to the people who do it. Don’t forget about the celebration of success! It’s important!
By celebrating our success, we reinforce the motivation that will carry us through the next achievement. This is important for you individually as well as for your organization. Take the time to step back and recognize the effort that went into achieving that big success or even a modest win, and do it authentically. You’ve probably seen the “going through the motions” type of celebrations in work environments that result in more rolled eyes than actual pride. Make sure you celebrate immediately and in a meaningful way. Be specific about what was accomplished, how it made a contribution, and why it’s important.
Remember to celebrate habits and qualities in addition to numbers. Send handwritten notes when you catch someone doing something right. It doesn’t take a big effort, but is hugely meaningful to people. It’s a celebration so have some fun!
Why should we celebrate success at work?
It has been difficult in the past for professionals to celebrate success. We usually associate hard work with a successful career, and celebration with our personal lives or free time. Although we may be able to congratulate others on their promotions or big sales, we are not as good at celebrating the smaller victories that happen every week and enable us to have steady growth overall.
Since humans are social beings, it’s not surprising that we rely on cooperation to get things done in our organizations and companies. Celebration is one way that we bond with others and feel like we belong to a group or culture. If you want loyal employees and a strong work culture, try upping your celebration game.
What Does Celebrating Success Look Like Professionally?
When we think of celebrating success, images of champagne toasts and company-wide parties might come to mind. While these are definitely fun ways to mark a major milestone, they might not be appropriate or possible in every situation.
There are many different ways to celebrate your employees in the workplace. You can celebrate a job well done, but you can also celebrate a situation well handled. You could give someone recognition for attempting something courageously, even if it didn’t lead to tangible outcomes.
There are many other ways to celebrate successes professionally. Here are a few ideas:
- Acknowledge achievements in team meetings
- Send a company-wide email celebrating the success
- Give public shout-outs on social media
- Give employees extra time off
- Bring in breakfast or lunch for the team
- Have a themed day or dress-down day
The Celebration of Success Is A Continued Process, Not The Beginning To An End
People often think that success is all about progressing from one point to another, but it’s so much more than that. It’s also about finding a system or method of working that allows for creativity and self-fulfillment which in turn makes you WANT to continuously make progress. Instead of visualizing success as a straight line from Point A to Point B, think of it as a well-designed wheel.
Leaders should celebrate their employee’s successes along the way rather than waiting for them to reach an end destination.
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What accomplishments can you celebrate?
What have others accomplished that you can celebrate?
How will you celebrate?
“Celebrate what you want to see more of.”
~ Thomas J. Peters