celebrate careers best practice sharing

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This blog post is written in connection with our recent webinar, Celebrate Careers Best Practice Sharing. Below are highlights from the event. For more detailed information listen to the complete recording.

celebrate careers webinar recap

If I were to ask you whether or not people were staying longer or shorter with the same employer today compared to twenty years ago, what would you say? If you’re like most people, you would say shorter, especially when it comes to Millennials and Gen-exers who seem to be changing jobs with the frequency of a cheap HAM radio (wow, how’s that for a dated joke?) I can almost see all the Millennials googling “HAM radio” as I type this.

The surprising fact is that according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people are actually staying LONGER now with one organization than they were twenty and even thirty years ago. Yes, you read that right. This tells us something we believe to be very important: People still long to build a solid, lasting career with one organization. So how do we connect an employee’s desire to stay with one company to their manager’s desire of having engaged workers who don’t jump ship? The answer lies in having consistent and meaningful career celebrations for employees. Sadly, this is one of the most overlooked events in an employee’s career. Even if a manager does remember, they usually botch the presentation big time. Consider the following three additional points:

Careers have stages with specific psychological mindsets attached.  From hitting your five-year anniversary all the way to achieving “the big one” (25 years), people experience similar emotions at different career stages. But realize that five is different than twenty five. You’re missing a huge opportunity to keep your best people around if you’re celebrating the twenty five-year person the same way as the five-year person.

Career celebrations should meet specific business objectivesCareer celebrations are opportunities to accomplish all sorts of valuable things for your company and the employee. If done right, they can help build trust, retain talent, and strengthen loyalty. If you’re doing them simply because it’s on your task list, then you’re doing them for the wrong reason.

Managers make career celebrations happen.  Managers are key to making career celebrations happen. But managers are busy people. We need to set them up for success. The free iappreciate app as well as O.C. Tanner’s new Yearbook are tools that can help your career celebration efforts to be consistent, easy, and impactful.

To learn more about career celebration best practices, listen to our free webinar recording.  Plus, be sure to check out other posts by Jeff Birk.

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