Woohoo! You’ve reached a major milestone/final deadline/end of the week; it’s time to celebrate! Celebrating your success as a team will bring people closer together, encourage conversation, and boost happiness.
Key fact: happy employees are productive employees; they have 31% higher productivity, 37% higher sales, and 3 times more creativity than unhappy employees.
Like recognition and gratitude, celebrations don’t have to be big, but they should be frequent. By doing this, you’re weaving them into your team’s culture and the benefits will become lasting and more impactful. You’re also reminding people that your goals are achievable and worth striving for, which will keep motivation high.
Here are some ideas:
Have a casual Friday meeting: Chat about the small successes of the week. Use a post-it board to capture the success and get everyone involved; people write their achievements on a sticky note and put it on the board, then explain it to the group. You could also give “props” in this meeting; each person gives thanks to one other person in the team for something helpful they did that week.
Get out of the office for lunch of drinks: This can be after work or during working hours (depending on your company culture). Be clear on the purpose of this celebration, if you reached a big milestone or your team received praise from senior leadership.
Have a small token mascot: A magic eight ball, a pair of glitzy scissors, a plastic figurine – that gets passed to the team member who was most successful or helpful in the past month. Have every team member contribute to this decision through an anonymous vote.
REF: Hannah Price. jostle.me