Around the Water Cooler

3-water-cooler-training-0113A positive workplace culture and realizing that we are all on the same team is the goal… it defines our brand, who we are and what kind of company our clients want to do business with. So stop and think about this for a second: Are you really a team player?

I do believe that positive reinforcement has great power in business. Employees will work harder, be innovative and feel empowered. Let’s face it: Everybody likes to hear that they are doing a good job and feel appreciated.

In my opinion, it is management’s responsibility to set the right professional behaviors in motion and encourage a positive corporate atmosphere that should helps employees to exhibit these behaviors as the rule and not as an exception. With all that said, it is still up to you.

Do you support the accomplishments of your co-workers?

My guess is that you don’t do it as much as you should be. Let’s not forget that we are all on the same team. Here’s an example: You kick the winning field goal to send your team to the Super Bowl and 65,000 people are cheering for you; the place is going crazy, but then you get to the sideline and nobody celebrates your accomplishment. WHAT??? That would never happen in a sporting event but happens all the time in a business atmosphere… WHY?

We all have different roles in an organization that need to work seamlessly together to be successful. We don’t all know exactly what makes up each other’s responsibilities, but at the end of the day we are all working toward the same goal.

I ask you to remember this. If someone is recognized within your organization through an award, received the honor of employee of the quarter, obtained a new certification, landed a new account, handed an awesome customer testimonial or worked endless hours to full-fill a client deadline, take the time to step away from your busy schedule and say Thank You.

Try to remember we are all on the same team and achieving those individual goals is what brings us together as a company and ultimately defines our brand.

What ideas have you found that work? I would love to hear your thoughts on corporate culture.

It is my New Year’s Resolution that I will continue to pay forward even if it is one person at a time.

Related, here’s a great article from Inc. that lists 10 things extraordinary people say every day.