Celebrating successes

My kids have just got their half yearly reports and have both done well, so as a reward, we took them to the movies.

We can’t take our staff to the movies every time they have a success, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be celebrating our successes. Some sort of acknowledgement is great for morale and for confidence.

I have been known to celebrate success at work with cheesecake, which always goes down a treat. And it works wonders for morale.

Its easier to celebrate big successes and we should, but they only come along every now and then. We aren’t necessarily working on a big project every day. Do we need to celebrate the little ones too?

I believe we do, but not necessarily with cheesecake, lol. (and yes, I can hear the sighs of disappointment from here). There does need to be some acknowledgement, just to recognise the work put in, the  achievements made, the improvements completed, the new service introduced. Recognition of the small things can lead to inspiration, innovation and even just happy staff. And happy staff make for happy library users. Its a win all around.

So what do you do to celebrate the small successes? I occasionally bring in some chocolates or flowers for someone who has done something difficult or noteworthy, but more often than not, I just tell them. I know from a personal viewpoint that I do like to hear that I am doing or have done a good job – its just nice to get the confirmation and acknowledgement that your hard work is recognised and is having an impact. (and doing it at appraisal time is not enough).

How do you recognise the little successes at your library?  How about the big successes?



    • Steph on June 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    It is always nice to be acknowledged by another staff member for a job well done. Big successes in the library are usually celebrated with morning tea involving all staff. It’s a good chance for staff in disparate locations to get together and enjoy yummy cakes!

  1. Food and library staff seem to go very well together, lol.

    • Michelle on June 28, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Love this post. Cake’s always a winner. And immediate positive feedback always make me feel good.

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