Appreciation is a simple term with volumes of depth to it. Recognition and showing appreciation are proven as among the best methods of improving work motivation and employee engagement.
At the end of May, I was graciously invited to attend dentalcorp’s 2019 Partner Conference in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia. I was excited about an eventful weekend full of networking, stimulating conversations, relationship building and not to mention, incredible scenery.
The weekend was extremely well-planned, simply beginning with the shuttle that guided us through the mountains, to arriving at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler where we were greeted by dentalcorp employees and friends within the industry. Each of the three nights were themed, which was a perfect choice to create excitement and engagement, and not one detail was overlooked.
Night one kicked off with a ‘Night at the Carnival’ Supplier Show. The circus themed room provided an ideal landscape for industry-leading suppliers to network with clinicians over carnival food and cotton candy cocktails. Each supplier had a carnival game set-up at their table for the opportunity to play and win tickets. Once I learned that the tickets won could be used to dunk dentalcorp’s Senior Leadership Team in a dunk tank, I quickly made my way to each tabletop and put forth my best effort. Let’s just say that Dr. Gary Glassman hasn’t forgiven me yet for dunking him not once, not twice, but three times. And for the cherry on top, all ticket proceeds were donated to the BC Children’s Hospital.
Day two (and three) provided networking opportunities, Continuing Education, and an evening event that I will soon not forget. The ‘Denim and Diamonds’ themed night was situated on top of Blackcomb Mountain with a view that took my breath away. After the gondola ride up, denim-clad guests had the opportunity to mingle over food and drinks, and to build up the courage to take a ride on the mechanical bull or to participate in (professionally supervised) axe throwing.
My final day in Whistler had arrived and it was time to take full advantage of the beautiful scenery and the 30-degree weather. I rented a bike and rode through the village, up and down dirt trails, stopping at Lost Lake to admire the view (and to kick myself for not packing my bathing suit). This was my moment of gratitude. I was so thankful that I was given the opportunity to be in such a beautiful place, all while having the ability to build relationships with professionals in the industry. But it was time to get back to the hotel to tease my hair for the closing party – an 80’s Miami Vice inspired night. Upon arrival, it was impressive to see that each and every person embraced the theme. This brings me back to my very first point of appreciation.
There were many great moments over the weekend but one in particular that stood out was the authenticity of gratitude and appreciation shown by all guests. This proves that being valued by your employer, and by reciprocating that appreciation in the workplace, absolutely drives engagement. This is what powers all employees to remain motivated and happy, which we all know is the key to any successful company. Thanks for the invite, dentalcorp.