While moving a piece of furniture I just found pine needles! I think everyone has officially recovered from the December Holiday season. While all of us love celebrating from an employee and manager stand point beyond having a great time what is the greater benefit? Do parties truly promote trust, inter-department relationships and make employees feel appreciated???
From what I have observed celebrations only work to reinforce the greater goals of employee engagement minded managers when there is a high level of trust in managers and camaraderie with peers. In essence parties energize strong relationship, but do not create them. When teams are strong and members share a genuine interest in each other as individuals and the results they achieve together, celebrations reinforce strong bonds and a sense of respect. Celebrating together does not create relationships but builds on strong ties that already exist. Great workplaces know this and they use celebrations liberally but judiciously inside their organization. Celebrations mark personal milestones and commemorate company these celebrations work because employees know each other as people and not just by their job title. How does your employer engage you?