Yesterday Halogen welcomed City of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Invest Ottawa CEO and President Bruce Lazenby to join us in celebrating the hiring of our 300th employee.
It was a casual visit with Mayor Watson and Mr. Lazenby touring the offices and chatting briefly with Halogen employees along the way.
Both men are committed to the economic development of Ottawa and to promoting the success of the companies that are headquartered here. We had a lot of fun discussing with the Mayor and Mr. Lazenby the work we do here at Halogen and giving them insight into our corporate culture.
As most celebratory occasions do, the tour ended with cake:
- Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) February 25, 2013
How does your organization celebrate its successes?
The tour got me thinking about the importance for organizations to celebrate milestones large and small. And how culture plays a part in how - and how often - companies take the time to do so.
Let me back up a moment. Every organization has a culture. Whether it's a culture that inspires high performance is a different matter.
In organizations with an intentional corporate culture, employees are intensely aware of their company's history and story. Leaders understand the importance of reinforcing the organization's culture, and work diligently to keep employees conscious of it.
Doing so can help to create an atmosphere where high performance is the norm and employees feel motivated and engaged in the work they do. And since high employee performance and high employee engagement are closely linked, creating a culture that fosters both can make all the difference when it comes to your organization's competitive advantage.
Yes, ensuring your organization is aligned and focused towards the future is a good thing. But there is something to be said for taking a moment to acknowledge and appreciate your successes, large and small.
Don't you agree?
For more on the importance of organizational culture and how to build a high-performing workforce, visit our Center of excellence on the business case for talent management.