Ralph Waldo Emerson is remembered for saying, “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail” , and the Chicago Cubs will forever be remembered for that winning run in the early morning hours on November 3, 2016. In the words of sportscaster, Joe Buck,”What a series, what a game, what a night”! A century of perseverance and kudos well deserved.
Since the completion of the scoreboard at Wrigley Field in 1937, a white banner with the letter W is hoisted following every winning game. Known in the Chicago area as ‘white flag days’, the simple gesture signifies the importance of celebrating victories. Recognizing small wins is a powerful motivator, especially in jobs where creativity reigns supreme.
Employees feel validated when small victories are recognized. When progress, no matter how insignificant, is noted, staffers are motivated to reach a higher level of achievement. During those times when employees are finding it difficult to meet the goals they have set for themselves, raising the white flag to celebrate small accomplishments may just give them the self-confidence needed to push through a dry spell and move forward. The bottom line is, sometimes we all just need a win.
When managers acknowledge that the work is meaningful, and small victories are both recognized and celebrated, a team will remain focused during the inevitable “not-so-good” times.
One of the most important things an employer can do to boost morale and keep employees motivated is to recognize the importance of making progress.
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