Lighten your workload with a mini-celebration

Morale concerns can get shunted aside as we strive to keep our professional noses above the water line. A few feel-good moments throughout the week can help buoy your team’s spirits.

Enjoying mini celebrations

Communicators, we know your colleagues are looking to you for news and information related to the pandemic. It can be anxiety-producing for many, which is why we’ve launched a series called “Inspiration Break.”

Consider sharing an inspirational story, anecdote or essay that offers perspective, such as the one below. If nothing else, it’s a brief respite from an otherwise stressful day.

Changes to the way we do our jobs—whether it’s working remotely, speaking through masks or taking on double duty to cover for furloughed colleagues—can make the workday more difficult.

Here’s a solution to help your co-workers keep up that much-needed momentum:

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What can spur you toward success when you’re on the brink of burnout? A celebration.

Not a big, elaborate affair, but something small that might be over within a matter of minutes.

Find a way to acknowledge small victories, the end of a project, or simply completing everything on the day’s task list for yourself and your teammates.

Taking time out to recognize seemingly insignificant milestones is probably one of the most meaningful things you can do in a day. Think about the boost to your colleagues’ morale if you marked the halfway point of completing a project by acknowledging how hard your team has been working.

Consider the effect on your own mood if, at the end of a busy week, you took the time to go over everything you did well and give yourself a pat on the back.

Now realize that you can start everyone’s week off on a high note, if you begin Monday morning with a shout-out to your team for everything they’re doing, despite budget constraints and the other enormous challenges we face today.

Never pass up an opportunity to let your colleagues know how much you appreciate them, and extend that same courtesy to yourself. You create good vibes by celebrating things that are going well, and you’ll witness how that good cheer will ripple throughout your workforce and motivate others to do their best.

Taken from Bits & Pieces

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