In the workplace, as leaders, we mostly focus on results, performance and profits. We jump from project to project without taking the time to appreciate our achievements and the efforts provided by our teams.
However, even though we haven’t met our milestones, it is also important to build relationships and keep our team satisfied with their jobs, content with their lives.
Wondering how to celebrate success in the workplace?
Acknowledging personal and organizational success allows leaders to concentrate on the positive instead of the negative, to break the routine, to renew their mindset. Employees well-being is subsequently increased, company culture and values are reinforced.
Furthermore, praising employees from time to time allows leaders to give positive or negative feedback without followers feeling offended, criticized or taken for granted.
Finally, celebrating success brings team closer together. Celebrating success unifies the team and reminds them that the company they are working for is in fact successful.
How to effectively celebrate success?
Recognition brings job satisfaction and inner fulfillment. In order to focus on the positive and celebrate success, you must:
- Practice gratitude early in the morning when they wake up. An attitude of gratitude will help you create a reserve of positive energy, resist challenging situations and run across the finish line. Above all, practicing gratitude allows you to show gratitude towards someone else.
- Be empathetic, reinforce and build a sense of achievement within yourself to increase your own self-confidence before instilling it in others. Leaders have to focus more on successes than failures.
- Build strong relationships with your employees. Appreciate your employees and recognize the hard work. Appreciating success means increasing employees morale, dedication, self-esteem, self-respect, values, alignment, engagement, and reduce employee turnover.
- Take pride in your team’s success and don’t take them for granted. That will certainly boost your team confidence and value.
- Know your employee cultural background, behaviors, personalities, preferences so you can congratulate them accordingly and Adapt your incentives and rewards. For example, don’t offer alcoholic beverages to someone who doesn’t drink.
- Share success stories. Success stories are impactful, inspirational and motivational, helps you make important decisions on similar issues, set goals for other people, and create an exemplary roadmap.
- Let your achievements sink in. Then, take a moment to pat yourself on the back and keep it moving. Don’t allow celebrating success to sabotage your results.
- Write down your achievements (in a journal for example) and display it where you can see it.
- Call your closest friends and family. Share your success with people who genuinely care about you and who are happy to see you progress in life.
- Decide the milestone to which you want to celebrate. Set personal goals, define a mission statement, measure and promote progress, celebrate milestones and landmarks. This will help you know what to celebrate to and when to celebrate.
- Create success boards to keep your achievements in mind and to keep pushing through.
- Order food, sweets and display them in the office kitchen for example.
- Treat yourself by buying yourself a gift.
- Give out bonuses and raises.
- Reward innovative ideas and reward your team with fun activities, extra holidays and adapt them to the crowd.
- Send out handwritten thank you notes and thank you emails. You can also directly thank your employees. The way you proceed will depend on their personalities and preferences.
- Give positive and informal feedback and give credit where credit is due.
- Observe the energy employee put into their work, pay attention to their talents and passions, don’t only look at performance and results and place them in the right positions.
Hope that I’ve helped you get it together on your way to leadership!
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