Have you ever felt burnt out at work? Felt like you were worked into the ground? Chances are that your job did not celebrate your successes. When employees feel that their hard work and success is acknowledged, they are much more likely to have positive feelings about their job. That is why the most successful businesses place a premium on having a positive culture. When workers feel acknowledged and happy with their job, they are less likely to leave their company. And when turnover is low, companies can maximize their efficiency. As a manager or an entrepreneur, the lesson is that you have to take some time to celebrate when things go right. That’s how you stay energized and motivated over time.
Working Nonstop Can Lead To Burnout
In our culture, overwork can be glamorized. Too much of anything can be bad for you, and work is no different. If you are working too long without a break, odds are that you are going to feel burnt out. When we talk about celebrating your victories, that means even the small ones. If you get a project done on time during the day, take that extra ten minutes at lunch. And if you get something big accomplished–like a promotion–then you should go out to eat or have a small party at home. These things help us to break up the monotony of everyday work.
If You Don’t Celebrate Your Victories, Who Will?
Celebrating your victories is important. Other people aren’t going to do the celebrating for you. That’s why you have to take the initiative and enjoy your successes. Avoid negativity from friends, family, co-workers, or even your managers. You need to make sure that when you do well, you feel rewarded. If you don’t ever feel rewarded at your company, then you might be working at the wrong place.
The Feeling Of Accomplishment Can Be Very Satisfying
Accomplishment is supposed to be satisfying. It is supposed to feel like a hole was just filled, or like things have slide into place in just the right way. When accomplishment feels meaningless, then you are probably on the path to burn out. You might be in the wrong job or working at the wrong company for your needs and interests. You work at a place where accomplishment feels exhilarating and where you can celebrate your successes.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you shouldn’t be able to enjoy your success. It is important not only to enjoy the big wins, but the small ones as well. When you take the time to fully enjoy your success, you’ll find that you will feel recharged and motivated. Companies that recognize the success of their employees tend to have higher levels of operational efficiency and lower levels of turnover.
Regina Fasold is a seasoned Executive Coach and Leadership Expert. Her extensive professional background and her 10+ years of experience as a Global Executive Coach have allowed her to assist over 300 senior executives in corporations throughout the United States and in over 25 countries around the world.