Hey, I’m Taylor Vogel and this is Now That I’m Not Your Teacher. Each week we’ll explore an aspect of adulting that you might have missed in school. Since I used to be a teacher, I’ll structure it in ways that are proven to help you retain information. But since I’m not your teacher anymore, I can approach it in a way that’s honest and sometimes inappropriate for a classroom.
In this week’s unit, we’ll be exploring celebrations! Today, we’ll learn simple ways to celebrate our colleagues.
I used to work at a school where the first two minutes of every staff meeting were spent publicly thanking our colleagues for what they’ve done to help our school improve. While some people were embarrassed by this practice for being repeatedly praised in public, this school had the best culture of anywhere I’ve worked. Even one of my grumpy teammates would end up laughing along with us by the end of these two minutes. We sometimes also used this space to congratulate them for their life stages—babies, weddings, adopting pets, getting a new car, whatever.
Simply put? These small celebrations recognized our humanity and hard work. And it is never terrible to acknowledge other people for spending their time in ways that bolster the community. It also set up our meetings to be joyful, which does help motivate a large number of people to work together as a team.
So, even if your job doesn’t have this structure built in, consider some different ways that you can go beyond a simple thank you for your colleagues. Perhaps after a team accomplishment, you all get a coffee as a treat. Or maybe you coordinate the team trophy that is passed from person to person as a means of appreciation each week. Or, to say thank you find all of the gifs and memes of something that makes that person smile and compile them into an email to say “thanks.” Unless it’s Chris Evan memes, and your colleague really enjoys America’s ass. Maybe send those via text if you’ve got that kind of relationship.
Take a moment to look around your work environment today and see who you can celebrate. What makes them laugh, and how can you use that to show appreciation?
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