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Why It’s Important for Companies to Celebrate Success

By Andres Pira

Before I arrived in Thailand, I remember mostly darkness. I tried to leave the streets of my gang family to work at a job that was supposed to put me on the path to success. I left the comfort of the streets I knew, the camaraderie, the feeling of being a part of something—even if it was the wrong thing. On the streets, when I would win a fight, my street family would be excited for me. I felt the impact I had on the streets, and it came back to me in positive vibrations, which is one reason I was loyal to my gang life for so long, even though it almost killed me.

In Stockholm, sitting at my desk at the telemarketing firm, surrounded by other people all day, I felt utterly alone and worthless. When I would close a sale, there was always someone else getting praised for closing a more significant sale. The bonuses went to the top closers, and the rest of us went unrecognized. In that company, the best ones got praised and the worst ones were asked to leave, while the rest of us in the middle were invisible.

I hated that telemarketing job so much that I wouldn’t show up to work on time. Eventually, I was let go. I ended up feeling extremely paranoid. Was this job responsible for my anxiety, depression, and lack of motivation? No, ultimately that was on me. However, was the job responsible for making me feel invisible, unimportant, and replaceable?

With nineteen companies and hundreds of employees in all different types of businesses from real estate to gyms to coffee shops, I have experienced immense success. A large part of that success is building teams that always feel seen, heard, and irreplaceable.

In that telemarketing office, the awards went to individuals, which was the employee of the month or the person with the top sales figures. This rewards system always struck me as demotivating. The company only valued the employees who were continually winning. There were no team achievements nor acknowledgement for the employees who supported the top salespeople in achieving what they did. I watched good people quit, and many, like me, became isolated and performed at lower levels. The only thing I learned from that job was that teams matter and employees deserve to be recognized.

Create great teamwork by organizing outings for your employees 

For every victory, let there be a celebration. Whenever my sales team breaks a record or hits targets, we celebrate. We plan an outing together as a team and enjoy our moments of victory and teamwork. Great feelings of accomplishment overcome the team members, and they realize that it’s much more fun and productive to celebrate success with others than alone. I implore employees to celebrate and to be happy when they hear of others’ accomplishments, even if they see them as rivals.

In 2016, my sales team and I broke a long-lasting sales record we had been trying to break for almost two years. Upon that accomplishment, I invited the whole sales team to climb to the top of one of Southeast Asia’s highest active volcanos. Our spirits filled with joy, relief, and happiness. We bonded after that four-day extreme summit. We shared tents, sat around campfires, and shared stories about ourselves. Our teams then became so caring and helpful toward one another, that they started surpassing previous records and revenues.

Taking the time to recognize success will immediately boost positivity and vanquish negativity. You may not want to throw a party for every single accomplishment made, but at least acknowledge it, pat every single member of the team that was responsible for the accomplishment, and smile about it!

In fact, you can and should do more for your employees. If you invest in them correctly, they can be your biggest asset. In my book “Homeless to Billionaire: The 18 Principles of Wealth Attraction and Creating Unlimited Opportunity”, I’ve discussed my unique approaches to managing my employees and helping them grow, which in turn helped grow my company. If you’re open to new ideas on employee management, give my book a read and let me know your thoughts!

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