I’m often asked to pick one thing that will be the best action to remain a healthy training department. Being a big fan of employee recognition as a motivator, I always respond Celebrate Your Success!
Any training function that is standing around waiting for the company to congratulate them on their outstanding achievements should be wearing a good pair of shoes, because the wait can be a long one. Of course companies celebrate big wins, but if a training department has one of those a year that is not enough to motivate everyone for the whole year.
As training leaders, you need to create and foster constant recognition for achievements of due dates, creativity, problem solving, and successful implementations. You want your team members to participate in rewarding others, and that includes rewarding up.
One of the most memorable moments I’ve had as a training leader came when the staff recognized that the company was taking my efforts for granted and missed a pivotal chance to pat me on the back for implementing a large initiative. They took matters into their own hands and throw us all a party one day to recognize each other and pat each other on the back. That was 6 years ago, but I remember it still today.
So what can you celebrate this week? Share what it was and what you did to show appreciation. How has it improved the health of your training function?