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How Does Celebration Create a Motivational Workplace Culture?

At this point, we’ve all heard the statistics about employee engagement and how engagement relates to motivation, productivity, loyalty, and profits. But for anyone who hasn’t heard, here are a few highlights:

  • Highly engaged teams are, on average, 21% more profitable.
  • Highly engaged teams have 59% less turnover.
  • Employees who feel that their voices are heard are 4.6 times more likely to feel empowered to do their best work.
  • 61% of employees feel burned out.
  • 92% of employees feel that empathy is undervalued in the workplace.

Clearly, creating an engaged workplace culture is an essential step toward creating a thriving business, and celebrating successes in the workplace is one way to contribute to that positive change.

When managers take the time to recognize and celebrate the successes of their teams, a few different things happen: 

First, workplace celebrations are acts of gratitude. They’re outward ways to show employees that their actions are recognized, appreciated, and worthy of praise. A celebration is a chance to tell an employee or a team, “You are valued,” and that’s a powerful thing. When celebrations become a part of the company culture, gratitude becomes part of the culture, as well.

Second, taking the time to celebrate victories at work helps remind employees why they do what they do. In the everyday grind of meeting deadlines, it can be easy to lose sight of the big picture. A celebration is a chance to take a step back and look at what the team or an individual has accomplished, and how that accomplishment will help other employees, the overall company, or customers. Remembering the big picture helps employees stay motivated and helps reduce burnout.

Finally, celebrations give employees opportunities to connect with one another and with the company itself. Improving workplace culture can’t happen if employees don’t care for the people they work with or like the company they work for. Every celebration is a chance to help employees feel more connected to the organization and their teammates, and that sense of comradery and company spirit can be extremely motivational.

Of course, celebrations alone aren’t enough to transform company culture and make employees feel motivated, but they are an important step in the process. Just remember that celebrations should be genuine – not mandatory events that are regularly scheduled whether anyone feels like celebrating or not. A great celebration should be specific to the team or the company, must embrace the unique personality of the team or company, and should be marked by an honest appreciation for the work your team does. When the basis for celebration is genuine and thoughtful, employees will take notice and motivation will improve.

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