Yesterday was Father’s Day and I had a chance to spend it with my son and grandson. Just having the time together, discussing the progress at my son’s company, and observing my two-year old grandson was enough to rejuvenate the soul and spirit. Almost everything he does is a cause for celebration and words of encouragement. He climbed up on the chair without his stool. He repeated some words perfectly or not so perfectly. He pretended (the forerunner of innovation) and we all played along.
Celebrations are a bit more than just having fun. They also are an opportunity to reinvigorate the values we all appreciate. On Memorial Day we remembered those that sacrificed their life for their values. On July 4 we will recall the value of independence and democracy. In May we celebrated Mothers and all they do to create and sustain family. At the end of summer we will celebrate all those that labor to build a better world while others around the world celebrated the same values at the beginning of May. Hockey just finished its season long contest for the best team, as did the National Basketball Association. Yesterday was the national contest of golf for the USA and last week it was the same for Canada. In sports we celebrate values of dedication and hard work. In golf, sometimes we celebrate the combination of imagination of how to execute a shot and the skill to make it happen.
Without celebrations, life would be dreary and a burden. Do those two words bring to mind your work situation? Do you celebrate at work, or rush to get out of work as soon as possible? Is work something you do so you can do what you like?
About a month ago, I attended a retirement celebration for someone I had worked with for half his career of 40 years. People currently at work, prior colleagues, family, and friends joined together to remember the achievements, the challenges, the triumphs and celebrate such values as hard work, dedication, innovation, and persistence.
People leave jobs because they don’t feel appreciated by their boss and others. Simple words, such as, “That was a good job” can go a long way. How hard can it be? As grandparents, we often say to our young grandson, “Good Job!” with excitement for the smallest of achievements. There’s a little kid in all of us that craves attention, relationship, praise, and, yes, love.
Celebrate your values and those of your company. Do it often. It’s as simple as saying, honestly, at the right moment, “Good JOB!”