Work hard play hard. It’s an old adage but it may be the soundest business advice you’ll ever take says FSC Associate Director Michelle Williams.
We all work hard and we expect the people who work with us to do the same. But sometimes the pay cheque at the end of the month isn’t enough to make it worth it.
In our world, where the pace is fast and deadlines non-stop, taking the time out to celebrate success takes some discipline. It can seem easier to congratulate ourselves on the train home after what feels like a good meeting or a new business win, and get straight back to ploughing through the to-do-list. But letting those special moments go unmarked can be a big mistake. Because soon enough that new business win will become the to-do-list, and the opportunity to remind ourselves why we love what we do, is lost.
One of the founders of Fleet Street Communications, and our Director of Client Services, Steve Dann has a mantra. Every new business opportunity we are invited to pitch for should be celebrated with a trip to the pub. Every pitch we attend should be followed by a trip to the pub, and when we hear the outcome, good or bad, it’s another trip to the pub.
Now at Fleet Street Communications we make no secret of our love of pubs, but in honesty I can’t remember a single time that we’ve stuck to that rule completely.
And as much as we value the advice of Mr Dann, maybe that won’t always be practical. But the ethos behind that advice is important to remember.
At a recent Propel Hospitality event on leadership, a whole line-up of the greatest leaders in the hospitality industry spoke about what it took to be a leader. They all had very unique styles and perspectives on what this meant, but it soon became evident there was one reoccurring message that almost everyone spoke of – celebrating success.
And if you stop to think about it, it makes total sense. Celebrating success is like saying a massive ‘well done’ to the team, and who doesn’t appreciate that once in a while? It helps with motivation, positivity, energy, team spirit, and ultimately, loyalty.
But how to celebrate success? It won’t always require a budget (though now and then it doesn’t hurt),
Alex Reilley, co-founder of the successful café bar group Loungers told delegates about the company’s annual Loungefest celebration for its 3,000 staff. Held in a Wiltshire field, the all-day party costs around £250,000 to stage and involves closing every site for the day and bussing in employees from around the country. A huge undertaking but one the business continues to see the value in, as it demonstrates in grand fashion that the company acknowledges and rewards their hard work.
Of course, this sort of expense is not feasible for most firms, but simply taking time out to notice and acknowledge employees’ hard work will go far.
So even a thank you email when projects have gone well, calling out those individuals who have really made a difference, along with the occasional trip to the pub in celebration of success, will make sure everyone feels motivated, fulfilled and energised to take on the next project.