Recently, I watched the Academy Awards — with a billion other people. Not literally, of course, but that's the number of people who typically watch the program on television. Like most people, I mostly watch the Oscars to root for my favorite films, actors, directors and screenwriters. But I also love the red carpet interviews, the jokes, the musical numbers, the poignant "in memoriam" section, in addition to the presentation of the big awards.
The Academy Awards broadcast is something that people tend to watch with others. Often these gatherings are called "Oscar parties." Some companies have Oscar parties, and this might includes an office pool in which employees make their predictions in the major categories. Last night as I watched, I started thinking about how something like the workplace Oscar party might be used to shore up worker morale, reward successful projects, and increase productivity in business.
Basically, the idea would be to get employees to nominate and vote on the most impressive job performances in their workplace over the past year. These, I suggest, would be the major categories:
Done well, a workplace Oscar party could award business success in a fun way. It would do more than just award the company "stars"; there would be awards for a wide range of actors in the company, from the telemarketing sales staff to the chief operating officer. Such a party might not have the glamour of the Academy Awards, but it would encourage the friendly competition and camaraderie that is necessary for the long-term success of any business.
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