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The value of hard work and persistence
How to stay focused on long-term goals
How to learn from failures and setbacks
Purpose. Rituals make us feel part of something bigger.
Psychological safety - create social cohesion and engagement, meets the need of belonging
Performance - reduce stress and anxiety, create a more human and engaging workplace
Rituals like a time to have a snack together (New york times’ snack cart), work anniversaries celebrations (Microsoft with M&Ms) are affordable yet priceless
When creating your own morning ritual, try to find something enjoyable that you already do before work. Then consider how you can imbue that action with a specific purpose. One way to approach this task is to ask yourself this question: In what mindset do you want to start your day? If you get the answer right, it’ll make all the difference as you face a packed day full of meetings.
Follow Sarah Blakely, CEO of Spanx and invent your own commuting ritual to start your day and get your thoughts in order.
Follow Cal Newport and start your day with Monk Mode morning to ensure deep work
Every meeting is a gathering needing a purpose.
Why are you gathering? What is the value this meeting aims to provide?
Create a “chiming in” ritual to ensure people are present during the meeting (e.g. rotating ownership).
Informal workplace socializing bonds groups and ultimately increases productivity.
Teams that eat together, stick together: Companies who offer their employees a chance to share meals strengthen the relationships within their teams and inspire staff to bring greater energy to work. Still, eating together as a ritual only really works if the workplace values live up to providing purpose, improved performance and psychological safety.
Rituals offer a great way to reward outstanding performance, celebrate milestones, or make team members feel seen and appreciated.
This means creating the sort of environment in which team members really do want to put it all on the line for the company.
Rituals make employees feel seen and appreciated, and that tells everyone at the company that they matter. Ultimately, such simple gestures and fun rituals make everybody feel valued.
Whether you’re ending a big project, a work position, a long day, or a stressful quarter, a parting ritual can help you find closure and set you off on the right foot for your next endeavor.
Creating an end of day/week ritual to share accomplishments is about more than praise. It helps the leadership team and their frontline workers feel connected.
The best rituals should feel authentic and be something people would complain about if it went away, but be mindful of size of your team as some rituals might not scale.
Inspired by Japanese thinking, love marketing, tea and cultivating a growth mindset.
For a busy, dynamic, human workplace, rituals are fundamental. They can instill team spirit, drive up employee engagement, and get everyone into a mindset that helps get things done. When a ritual harnesses the Three P’s, everyone in the company feels connected to a greater purpose, while also feeling psychologically safe and comfortable. And this kind of positive atmosphere will surely lead to greater performance.
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