As the Summer Olympics came to a close last weekend, many of us found inspiration in the athletes who competed for their countries. Hard work, determination and amazing team work were just a few things that put America ahead of their competitors. We as employees can learn many lessons from the athletes that worked towards achieving medals these past few weeks – here are just a few!
Always Cheer Each Other On
Whether it is a promotion, work anniversary or even a small accomplishment, it is important to not let a colleague’s hard work go unrecognized. Letting another employee know that they have achieved something can mean more than you imagine! People work hard towards goals; it is an amazing feeling when fellow employees come forward to show their gratuity.
Learn from Each Other’s Mistakes
The athletes who compete in the Olympics train for years before stepping foot in the spotlight. Although they dedicate so much time to training, mistakes still happen and points are frequently lost. Here at the workplace, big and little mistakes can, and will happen. Whether it is you or a colleague, it is important that everyone learns from the mistakes in hopes of minimizing the chance of them happening in the future. When an employee makes a mistake, don’t make them feel worse about it – chances are they already feel awful. Be a good teammate and help them work towards turning the mistake around.
Everyone has the Ability to Succeed
Every athlete that makes it to the Olympics has already succeeded; getting a medal is just an added bonus to their fame and success. Whether you are the lowest of the low or the highest of the high at your place of employment, the ability to succeed is always there. Everyone who is successful has experienced being unsuccessful many times in their life. Never give up because you face a bump in the road, for there will be many more bumps to come!
Work Hard to Achieve Your Goals
These Olympians didn’t become amazing athletes over night; they worked day after day to achieve everything they have today. Working hard, asking the right questions and showing other employees you care are a few of the many things that will allow you to achieve your goals. Putting a little extra effort to go above and beyond the requirements will always make you look better than those who give the bare minimum. Sometimes hard work takes more time and effort, but in the end it will all be worth it! People do not achieve success from being lazy; they achieve it through hard work and dedication, just like the Olympians!