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Go ahead, let them move the goal post!

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Does your workplace suffer from a lack of celebrations?

I don’t mean the quick-hit birthday gatherings where a little cake and camaraderie are shared. Or holiday parties that include high-calorie food, low-quality dancing and let’s-get-it-over-with awards and speeches. I mean the impromptu show of jubilation by the fully engaged employee who just closed a sale or finished up a months-long project. Or the worker who just felt like kicking up his heels in the hallway, because, well, by golly, he loves his job.

If your workplace is normal, then such joyous outbursts are not.

Unless your workplace is on the football field.

Here is where magic-moment touchdowns are frequently punctuated with what amounts to loosely rehearsed, made-for-YouTube endzone skits. Since the NFL loosened the regs on TD celebrations, almost anything quick and harmless is all in good fun. Except when it comes to the goal post, which the league forbids players to use as a stage prop. Doing so will cost your team a 15-yard penalty on the kickoff, which means your kicker will be teeing off from the 20-yard line instead of the 35.

What would you do as a boss (as would a coach) if one of your players involved the goa lpost in his exuberance, as Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs did in his team’s recent 38-30 win over the Washington Redskins? Diggs caught a touchdown pass and jumped and clung to the post like a lovesick Koala bear before he let go and landed on his back; or Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, who began boxing with the padded goal post after he scored an early-season TD against the Kansas City Chiefs, while a teammate crouched down and mimicked a photographer capturing the pugilist’s jabs.

For a measly 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff, would you admonish or otherwise punish a player (an employee) for displaying exuberance, engagement and a bit of morale-boosting behavior?

No, the adrenalin rush of whatever your employees do doesn’t match the euphoria of a 90-yard TD gallop; but if your accountant got the books to balance ahead of schedule, a little jig on the desk just might tell you your players really are plugged in. Take what you can get.

Let the good times roll.

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