Business Eye: Awards can raise morale

I must admit that one aspect of leading a team that is not my strength is taking the right moments to celebrate any achievements and to lock in the feeling of a job well done.

Saturday, 19th April 2014, 7:00 am
Alex Pratt

My own mind set is always to switch straight away to the next challenge or get stuck in to the next problem on the list.

The problem is, if you are not too careful life can become a series of problems without the joy and sense of achievement that drives us on to try and get that feeling again.

Worse, it will demoralise the team.

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Celebration comes in many forms and can be as little as a knowing smile between, or a pat on the back or saying “thanks”.

It could be recognition of some sort by celebrating a team member of the month or writing to a supplier who has just gone the extra mile.

Last week at an awayday with all the 20-30yr olds in my company discussing what we would like to become, other than the usual well paid input, the two overwhelming winners were a sense of pride and recognition of a job well done.

One of the best ways to celebrate success is to enter the entire team for a business award, as many have done for the Bucks Business Awards this year, which will be announced on 15 May at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury.

The shortlisted candidates, business leaders and companies from across Buckinghamshire will gather to enjoy a sparkling reception and three course dinner, while networking with some of the most successful and forward thinking business leaders and entrepreneurs in the county.

Companies up for awards this year span the entire county and include Brain Tumour Research Trust and Nipperbout from Buckingham, Kim Lloyd of UGG Foods in Long Crendon, as well as Helen & Douglas House, Chiltern Brewery, Enterprise Marketing Solutions, and Caron Vetter of The Belmore, all from Aylesbury.

Whether or not your team wins they will remember you were proud enough to enter them, will enjoy a great night of out with winners, and will have taken a moment to lock in the feeling of success.

The rest of us are left with the empty thought “I coulda been a contender…”

Note to self– must enter the Bucks Business Awards next year.

My guys deserve it.