Showing posts with label celebration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label celebration. Show all posts

Friday, December 15, 2023

Roundtable: How can your organization improve productivity and staff inclusion? (Acknowledgement of work undertaken)

 Acknowledgement of work undertaken.

This is the last in this series of roundtables: how can your organization improve productivity and staff inclusion?

It is important that as leaders we acknowledge the work undertaken by our teams. To achieve a desirable outcome, it takes a team of people who input their ideas, skills, and talents.  We, as leaders, should not take all the credit for a team effort.  Unfortunately, that is often the case, and you will find that people will either discontinue to engage and ‘just do their basic job’, or they will leave to find a workplace or team that appreciates and acknowledges the work they undertake.

As a leader, it is an important skill to learn how to acknowledge the work undertaken by our team members. It shows you appreciate them; you value the people on your team, and it reflects your values. If you recognize and acknowledge the work undertaken by your team, they will grow in confidence, and positive relationships within the workplace, and be motivated to continue learning, engaging, and improving.  

You may choose to verbally acknowledge or celebrate with the team.  There may be an occasion to provide a certificate of acknowledgement or an award.  For example, you may have part of your team who have worked especially hard on a project that has won an award.  Why not have them take the stage to receive the award on behalf of the organization instead of yourself?  This sends a message that they are valued within the workplace, and you are humble enough as a leader to allow the appropriate people worthy of praise.

While it may be more personally gratifying to garner their acknowledgement of work undertaken, you will find by cultivating a culture of respect and trust, by acknowledging the team members work undertaken, your organization can become a place where people want to come under your leadership and guidance.

What are some ways you can acknowledge the work undertaken by your team members?

Friday, October 6, 2023


How do you feel about birthdays?

It's an interesting topic to observe.  Throughout much of my life, I have worked on my birthday, either in a paid role or a not-for-profit role.  It's been rare that I have been 'off work' on my birthday.  

Last year was an exception and one I really enjoyed. My birthday (the actual day) was day one of a trip to Cape York, traveling along with friends as we explored the remote stretches of Far North Queensland! I had requested and been granted leave for this trip.

However, in all my years of work, both paid and unpaid, I have never taken the day off, just because it is my birthday.  Through the years, I have observed that many people call in 'sick' or just don't turn up to work, because they are celebrating their birthday. Some I have spoken with say, it's their right.  Now, I understand that for some people, their birthday is highly valued, but what they may fail to understand, is that not coming to fulfill your employment contract, simply because you want to celebrate, puts strain on the employer and your fellow co-workers.

So how might you celebrate your special day of birth and still be considerate of others?

  • communicate with your employer. If you want the day off work, negotiate the time through annual leave or a rostered day off.
  • negotiate time off during the day if you are having lunch with family or friends.
  • plan time to celebrate after work with family and/or friends.
What I have written may cause some readers to 'get their backs up'!

Just not turning up to work, creates concern and potential resentment.  Birthdays are important, however, so are fulfilling your commitments to your workplace (whether paid or voluntary) and clients.

Philippians 2:3-4 says, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others." (NIV)

Celebrating our birthday by serving others - now that is something to think about.