“What is celebrated gets reproduced.”
Company holiday parties can be a great way to elevate your culture, while still having fun and taking a break from normal day-to-day activities. One way to do this is by giving out awards.
Not sure whether it’s a good idea?
Here are some reasons why giving awards to your team can seriously improve morale and drive your organization forward:
Celebrating People Encourages Them. People who feel celebrated, encouraged, and recognized are more likely to produce quality work. We’ve all heard the term “positive reinforcement,” but it’s a lot more important than you may think. If someone does something of value and they are recognized for it, they’ll more than likely keep doing things of the same nature. According to an article on Business Insider, “naming an award’s recipients and holding a public ceremony has as much of an effect in motivating people as increasing the cash value of a reward from $0 to $1,000.” It’s a process that can be used by strong leaders for good. Milestones are Important Did your company recently hit an important milestone? Maybe your organization just hit five, ten, or twenty years of service. Maybe you have employees that have been on the team for decades, or maybe you hit a huge sales goal you were working toward for a long time. Either way, celebrating milestones is a great way to show your team that you care about them and want them to thrive. In turn, team members will see the pride you have in them and become ambassadors for your cause. Seeing that leadership genuinely cares about the people rather than just the product can influence them in a huge way.
Awards Set You Apart. In other words, companies that celebrate their employees are outperforming others. Giving out meaningful awards to your team members will set you apart from the crowd, and attract talented and passionate people to be a part of your organization. Celebrating milestones, sales goals, and individual performance is a great way to set your company apart in a world where there are so many options.
Awards Create Balance. Giving people awards based on individual performance is a valuable part of healthy company culture. Encouraging positive and healthy competition between team members is a great way to accomplish goals while still acknowledging the value that people give through their unique skills.
Awards are not just fluff. They’re a great way to encourage team members, celebrate milestones, create ambassadors for your organization or brand, and promote healthy competition.
Whether you’re holding a Christmas party, end of the quarter celebration, or simple holiday get-together, giving out awards can benefit your work culture in more ways than one.
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