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Celebrate Your Wins

June 5, 2023
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The Power of Celebration: Top 6 Reasons + Ways to Embrace Your Small Business Wins

In the competitive world of small business, every achievement matters. While entrepreneurs often find themselves caught up in the daily grind of running their ventures, celebrating wins—both big and small—can have a profound impact on the success and longevity of their company. Here are the Top 6 Reasons (backed by stats!) to celebrate your wins:
  1. Boosting Employee Morale: Studies consistently show that celebrating wins leads to increased employee morale and satisfaction. When employees feel recognized and appreciated for their efforts, they become more engaged, motivated, and loyal to the company. According to a Gallup study, organizations with high employee engagement outperform their competitors by 147%. Celebrating wins, such as reaching sales targets, completing projects, or achieving milestones, creates a positive work environment and fosters a sense of camaraderie among team members.
  2. Increased Productivity and Performance: When small businesses take the time to acknowledge and celebrate their wins, it has a direct impact on productivity and performance. According to a study by Warwick University, happy employees are 12% more productive. Celebrations provide a natural opportunity for employees to reflect on their accomplishments, which boosts their confidence and encourages them to strive for further success. By recognizing and celebrating wins, small businesses create a culture of excellence and continuous improvement, leading to better overall performance.
  3. Building a Strong Company Culture: Celebrating wins is an effective way to establish and reinforce a strong company culture. By acknowledging and appreciating the achievements of individuals and teams, small businesses communicate their values, goals, and expectations to their employees. Celebrations become shared experiences that bring people together and foster a sense of belonging, purpose, and pride. A positive company culture attracts and retains talented individuals, and customers are also more likely to be drawn to businesses that exude a vibrant and supportive atmosphere.
  4. Enhanced Customer Loyalty: Celebrating wins isn't just about internal appreciation; it also impacts customer loyalty. Recognizing and sharing successes with customers builds trust and loyalty, as they feel part of the journey and achievements. According to a study by the Harvard Business Review, customers who feel an emotional connection with a business are more than twice as likely to recommend it to others. By celebrating wins publicly—through social media, newsletters, or events—small businesses can strengthen their customer relationships and encourage repeat business.
  5. Fueling Innovation and Growth: Taking the time to celebrate wins can ignite a spark of innovation within small businesses. Acknowledging accomplishments provides validation for the hard work and creativity invested in achieving goals. This validation encourages employees to think outside the box, take calculated risks, and explore new opportunities. Celebrations can serve as a springboard for future growth and inspire employees to push boundaries, ultimately driving innovation within the company.
  6. Great Content for Social Channels: Celebrating is contagious and everyone is nosey about how your business is doing, honouring the effort and hard work that goes into the business is worth shouting from the rooftops. And, you can send the link to your mother so she will finally figure out what you do at work.
So, let's raise a toast to the wins, big and small, and unlock the potential within our businesses. Here are some ideas and things we do on the regular at LeftTurn to get you inspired!  Team Outing or Celebration: Plan a team outing or celebration to acknowledge the achievement and boost team morale. It could be a team lunch, dinner, or an organized event like a team-building activity, game night, or even a company-sponsored trip. At LeftTurn we are all about this! We play games, do crafts, hit up the local brewery and make sure to have a LeftTurn circle meet up once a month somewhere special where our team can bond, relax, and celebrate their collective success. LeftTurn Team Activity Recognition and Rewards: Get into the habit of giving credit where credit is due. As remote workers, we like to give online “boosts”  for great work and keep those emoji high-fives flying. When possible, you can also recognize individual and team contributions by giving out rewards or incentives. This could be in the form of bonuses, promotions, certificates, or even tangible gifts like personalized trophies or plaques. Publicly acknowledging efforts boosts motivation, loyalty, and a sense of accomplishment.  Share Success Stories Internally: Share success stories within the organization to inspire and motivate others. This could be done through internal newsletters, company-wide emails, or internal social media platforms. Highlight the strategies, challenges overcome, and lessons learned during the journey to encourage continuous improvement and learning. We have a standing weekly meeting that is dedicated to this! But we’re also fans of sharing the love in real-time. When our clients give us a compliment, we’re proud to share that with the team and do it right away. It just makes our hearts happy.  Thank You Notes or Gratitude Sessions: Express gratitude to team members who played a significant role in the win. A handwritten thank you note from the management or peers can go a long way in showing appreciation. Alternatively, you can organize a gratitude session where team members have the opportunity to express their appreciation for each other's efforts in a group setting.  Learning and Development Opportunities: Celebrate business wins by investing in the growth and development of your employees. Offer training programs, workshops, or conferences that align with their interests and aspirations. This not only demonstrates your commitment to their professional growth but also equips them with new skills to tackle future challenges and contribute to the company's ongoing success.  We’re big believers in celebrating the strengths but also acknowledge the weaknesses or room for improvement. Our monthly learning sessions shine a light on a topic we want to collectively learn more on as a team. In this case, we’ve turned our “hooray” into habit. So there you have it. Don’t wait…celebrate! The statistics speak for themselves: celebrating wins is a powerful tool for small businesses. From boosting employee morale and productivity to fostering a strong company culture and enhancing customer loyalty, acknowledging and appreciating successes has a wide range of benefits. By creating a habit of celebration, small businesses can create a positive and motivating environment that fuels growth, innovation, and long-term success.  Remember, celebrations should be tailored to your company culture and the preferences of your team. Create your own atmosphere of joy and recognition that fosters a sense of achievement and camaraderie. Happy celebrating! You deserve it!

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