Take a moment to think about the interactions you have with the people you work closely with, especially those who report to you. If you’re like most people (myself included), you often find yourself talking about things that need to get done, tasks to complete, problems to solve, etc. Sometimes you find yourself in the position of needing to correct behavior or have a “crucial confrontation.” But generally speaking, we’re talking with our team members because there’s a job that needs to get done, and we’re collaborating to ensure it gets completed.
Now take a moment and ask yourself, “When was the last time I intentionally celebrated a success with my team?” Again, if you’re like me, the answer is probably something like, “I can barely remember what I ate for lunch yesterday, how am I supposed to remember that? The truth is, I probably don’t do enough of it.”
But why don’t we take the time more often to stop and celebrate something awesome that we did as a team? Yes we’re busy, and yes we don’t want to get behind on our “to-do” lists, but spending the time (and money) to really celebrate our accomplishments as a team can help foster the type of work environment that can get people more excited about their workplace and the job they’re doing, which can lead to increased morale. It can also strengthen the relationships and trust between team members, and make you feel more like a…team.
So, if it’s been a while since you’ve purposefully gone out of your way to recognize and celebrate a team success, make it a priority. But don’t just do it for the sake of doing it. No one wants to be recognized disingenuously or insincerely. Be on the lookout for something really noteworthy or exemplary that you can recognize with your team, and then be sure to do it! I think that you’ll find that once you’re on the lookout, it won’t take long to identify something worth celebrating.