As I get ready to celebrate the 16th Annual Knowledge Industry Awards – the KIRAs tonight, I couldn’t help but think about how important is to really celebrate. As individuals, it seems easier to celebrate milestones and the people in our personal lives, but how often do we really celebrate in business? Not enough in my opinion! In fact celebrating is important to your bottom line.
Celebrating successes, small or large, and the people you work with is definite must. It has so many ramifications for your bottom line. If you look at successful companies, I mean really look at successful companies, there is more to their success than just what is shown in their financial statements. And, if you add what it means for an industry, the results are amazing. So, let’s look at the top 3 reasons to celebrate and why it is important to your bottom line:
1. Improved Health
When you celebrate, you are put in a state of mind that is positive and conducive to your health results. Imagine working in an environment where people have a healthy state of mind. Productivity increases, relationships flourish and overall it is a better atmosphere.
2. More Camaraderie
When employees have closer relationships and more camaraderie, there is less friction and less human resources issues to deal with. Not only does this make for an environment and culture that produces results it means driving results together.
Again, if you only care about the numbers, think about how much time your managers spend on addressing human resource issues – conflict, performance, missed time, etc. Having the right culture with camaraderie helps reduce all of these issues in the workplace, which then results in dollars shaved off of your overhead costs.
3. Banishing Failure Fear
Everyone fails at some time in your career. What sets you a part from others is how you handle. it! You can learn a lot from failure – a lot of really great things. (And if you have never failed, you are missing something..seriously…it build character and teaches you so much.) Additionally, what really creates a true culture of creativity is celebrating it and showing people that they can survive and you all learn from it.
For those number crunchers, again it is all about creating an environment where people produce, feel comfortable producing and therefore in a state of enhanced productivity.
So, with this in mind, stop and take the time to celebrate your small and big wins, your failures and what you have learned and most importantly – your people!
I look forward to celebrating with New Brunswick’s IT industry tonight at the KIRA Awards.