MARK IMPORTANT MOMENTS AT WORK
People have long used ceremonies
— bar mitzvahs, baptisms, weddings, inaugurations, quinceañeras — to mark changes and turning points. Companies have ceremonies too, but they often focus on celebrating the positive: birthdays, work anniversaries, promotions, and project victories.
These types of recognition are
important and shouldn’t stop, but companies should consider using celebrations to help people through hard times. This can be a powerful way to mark difficulties, acknowledge dark passages, honour those who have made sacrifices or experienced hardship, and help people move on.
You may not pop a bottle of
champagne after a difficult reorg, but you might gather as a group and read your mission statement aloud or hold a mock funeral for the past (as Steve Jobs did at the 2002 Worldwide Developers Conference, to mark the end of the Mac’s OS 9).