One of the best things about being on a team is the camaraderie that comes with working really hard together, and then celebrating your collective success. This is just as true at work as it is in play.
Unfortunately, many of our work teams are really good at focusing on the hard work, but not so good at taking the time to celebrate when things go well. Operating this way means missing out on perfectly good opportunities to recognize your team’s achievements and to make your employees feel valued, appreciated, and successful. It also means missing out on the opportunity to keep everyone motivated for the next challenge.
To keep your team feeling inspired and enthusiastic, you need to invest some time and energy into recognizing and celebrating their successes. Not just when they blow a big goal out of the water, but also for those smaller, incremental accomplishments along the way.
Everyone needs a cheerleader
There are reasons we don’t watch big games in complete silence, only cheering, jumping, and high fiving after a big win.
We cheer because we are invested in the team, we’re excited about the outcome, and we believe in the individual players. We want to encourage them to do their best. True fans will cheer themselves silly during the entire game.
- We cheer to inspire the team
- We cheer in anticipation of the win
- We cheer because we know the team will draw from the positive energy we put out and do their best to make more good things happen
- We cheer because it makes the entire game a whole lot more fun
It’s the same for your company team. Don’t wait for your annual reviews or quarterly meetings to celebrate what they’re doing well.
- Cheer new opportunities and markets
- Cheer successful presentations and feedback from happy customers
- Cheer on new recruits and your veteran team players
- Cheer to keep yourself in the game
No one wants to play in front of a silent crowd or an empty stadium. And if that’s what your employees feel like they are doing, it won’t be long before they look for a new team to join. A team that recognizes all of the work, sweat, dedication and results they are willing to give.
Are you your team’s biggest fan?
At the end of the day, your team needs to know that you’re behind them. That you’re excited about their work, thankful for their contributions, and committed to supporting them, even when they miss the mark.
This is what will drive them to go above and beyond, to persevere, and to try new things. This is what will win you new opportunities and bring about long-term success.