To feel important.
- Why do your friends forward chain emails?
- Why do parents brag about their children's accomplishments?
- Why do your Facebook friends announce every-little-dang-thing about themselves?
It's to get that feeling that says:
- I'm important.
- I have a high status.
- I am loved.
How do you make your team feel important?
Organizations that do any celebration things tend to do them seldomly:
- "We celebrate once at the end of the year."
- "We give them gifts during the winter holidays."
- "We publicly thank them once a year."
Remember when you got that big-frickin expensive gift?
- It wowed you at first.
- But, the crazy happiness dissipated within 48 hours.
Now, think about those tiny gifts you received in bunches spread out over time; each and every one of them got you a similarly happy feeling as the one big one.
- One big gift: 1 happiness.
- 250 little gifts: 250 happiness-es. BAM.
Instead of throwing one big celebration per year, throw 250 mini-ones that last 5 minutes each; for instance:
- Celebrate the most productive accomplishments for the day.
- Print little cheese-tastic awards using Microsoft Word Templates on recycled paper.
- Publicize accomplishments on your company's wiki/intranet/website.
Now, here's the caveat:
- You can't make everyone feel important doing X.
- But, you can make each and everyone of them feel important where they excel.
- Celebrate their Tiger Woods.
Posted on October 08
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