In 2018, I did an entire series of video blogs (33 in fact!) that focused on specific ideas to motivate employees. But the fortunate reality is that the possibilities are endless. Which is why I was so excited to learn about yet another tip just last week. I was working with a group of leaders in a client organization, and one of them told me about this absolutely fantastic idea to acknowledge employees: “Hold “fake” retirement parties,” he said. I was so intrigued, I had to ask him to explain further.
Hold “fake” retirement parties
Once a month or so, perhaps at your regular department meeting, set aside 15 or more minutes for a “fake” retirement party. To understand what a fake retirement party is, you have to first ask yourself what usually happens at a retirement party. Well, there are speeches about the departing person honouring and highlighting his or her strengths, accomplishments, and legacy to the organization. Well, the fake retirement party is exactly the same thing, but it’s “fake” because the person isn’t actually leaving. Instead, it’s an opportunity to acknowledge employees – their worth, their value, and their lasting legacy to your department or your company. Continue reading