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Why is it important to celebrate milestones in the workplace?

Dimitra Ntzioni

Dimitra Ntzioni

Product Marketing Manager @ Cyclopt

Believe it or not, setting up milestones and celebrating their completion will have a high impact on your team, from the way the members feel to the way they act.

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We all know the pleasure we get from completing tasks and accomplishing goals. Even when you are alone in the room, and nobody else knows, you take a second and smile for what you’ve done.

But, when these tasks and goals are work-oriented, you may find yourself having a strong desire to hear “Great job!” or “Thank you!”. And you are not the only one.

The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics notes the number one reason people leave organizations is that they “don’t feel appreciated”. Moreover, a study from O.C. Tanner Company reports that “79% of employees who quit their jobs cite a lack of appreciation as a key reason for leaving”. Yet, it also notes that “there is no accelerator with more impact than purpose-based recognition in the workplace”.

So, what milestones have to do with this?#

Believe it or not, setting up milestones and celebrating their completion will have a high impact on your team, from the way the members feel to the way they act.

Motivation#

When team members realize that their work leaves a footprint on their company’s success, it motivates them to try hard and contribute their best work. Celebrating work-oriented milestones shows them that not only are they valued, but they are also providing a significant outcome. Additionally, for those not being acknowledged, seeing their teammates thrive through hard work can further help the culture of appreciation and motivate the entire team.

Performance#

If a team breaks its goals down into milestones, then its members can mark up a success and reinforce the changes they are making. This way, it’s easier to acknowledge the positive impact of a team member’s work and make them feel proud and accountable. When you celebrate these work-oriented milestones as success stories, you encourage the entire team to consider their accomplishments. In turn, this can surprisingly affect overall workplace productivity.

Unity#

You should create a mechanism in your team to let people celebrate the work-oriented milestones. But, always keep in mind to make room for them to recognize the remarkable contributions of each other. Everyone may share appreciation where it is due. Plus, if you combine the individual’s achievements to the values and purpose of your team, that may be an excellent opportunity to make sure your team understands your mission. You would lead the way to create a unified team that will stand firmly in their decisiveness to move the organization forward.

Over to you#

Nelson Mandela once said:

“Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.”

So, how do you think team and organizations should be celebrating work-oriented milestones with their members? Share your opinion with us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn — we are curious to hear from you!

See you soon,
D.