How many times in your day to day work life do you step back and appreciate something great for what it really is? You might feel compelled to do it when your team moves mountains, but don’t forget to do it when your team moves molehills.
Every success is a success, and great leaders recognize the small wins just as often as they recognize the big ones. Celebrating everything worth celebrating makes work better for everyone in a few noteworthy ways.
Creating a Sense of Unity
There are some natural disconnects, particularly in communication, between leaders and the people they lead. When you’re willing to celebrate the small victories, you’re reminding your team members that you stand in solidarity with them. They feel relieved and happy when they’ve successfully met any challenge, no matter the size. You should too. It shows that they’re growing in their skills and competency, and celebrating that shows that you’re involved enough to know the kind of progress that they’re making on the ground.
Keeping Employees Happy
Everyone is susceptible to burnout. If it’s difficult to see the payoff from all of the hard work you’ve been doing, that makes it even harder to continue doing that work.
Small celebrations show your team members that their efforts are worthwhile. They’re being recognized, rather than being ushered from one task directly into another. That small break in the day provides them with the opportunity for introspection. They can reflect on the skills they used to accomplish what they accomplished and feel good about their work.
Inspiring Greater Productivity
The necessity of keeping employees at a high level of productivity is one of the most important things they teach you in management school. What they don’t always teach you is the variety of methods you can use to achieve that goal. The idea of reward encourages people to be productive. That’s why it feels better to walk to the ice cream shop than it does to walk home from it.
If your employees know they’ll have an opportunity to enjoy something fun after they’ve put in the efforts, they’re more likely to work more efficiently in order to meet the goal in a timely manner.
Making The Work Environment Positive
Tensions and rivalries arise in the workplace from time to time – especially if your workplace is well staffed. Having a diverse group of people with opposing viewpoints and different experiences can help your team function better, because everyone has something unique that they bring to the table. The interactions won’t always be pretty, and that’s why small celebrations are important. They keep things lighthearted, particularly after some of the spirited debates your team members may have encountered while completing a project.
Company culture is so important. If your culture involves celebration and recognition, your employees will have a constant reminder of what they’re working towards, and that the people around them share the same professional values. A thriving company culture builds teams that want to stick together for the long haul, even when things get particularly stressful or something doesn’t work out the way it was planned.
You want your team members to love their jobs – that’s what ultimately gives them the strength to keep going, even in the darkest of times. Celebrating will motivate them by encouraging them to hold on to that hope and reminding them of the reasons why they’re doing what they’re doing.
Great leaders will never miss an opportunity to celebrate, even over things that might seem trivial on a surface level. As long as your celebration is proportional to the achievement, there’s no way to do it wrong, and no excuse to skip the joy.
About the author:
Sarah Davies – with her experience in business administration and communications, Sarah Davies works as a blogger and communication expert at Open Colleges.
Privately, she is a great fan of self-improvement and might often be found listening to motivational podcasts or reading self-growth books.