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A Hat that Encourages Gratitude

The Gratitude Hat will give an employee extra thank-you points to give away for that day.

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Employees will be provided with thank-you cards that are located in the common areas of the office. Each thank-you card is worth the same amount of points, but the employee with the Gratitude Hat will be given a limited amount of custom thank-you cards that are worth four times as much as the regular cards. Every day an employee will be randomly chosen by HR to have the Gratitude Hat for that day and distribute the extra points to those that earn them. Every two weeks employees will self-report their total points and the employee with the most will win after the points are confirmed. The prize of the competition is deciding on a company event such as a potluck lunch which will benefit all employees. The winner and their idea will be highlighted in the company's newsletter. The randomness of the Gratitude Hat will encourage all employees to participate so that different people can share their ideas for community events at work.

Idea Title

Gratitude Hat

How the Idea will inspire the experience and expression of gratitude within an organization.

The Gratitude Hat will inspire employees to participate in sharing their genuine gratitude to others because they will be given a limited amount of cards and points to give out. The friendly competition is positive because the rewards will directly benefit all employees.

Who are you innovating for?

I'm innovating for employees that haven't had a chance to fulfill their ideas for workplace events. As more workplace events are fulfilled employees will be encouraged to come up with more creative ideas. Employees will benefit by feeling appreciated at work and by having more opportunities to bond with other employees through the workplace events.

What type of workplaces are you innovating for?

I'm innovating for small to medium companies where employees may be too busy to share their ideas for workplace events and aren't sure if those ideas are welcomed.

How you envision the Idea being introduced to your selected organization?

The idea will be introduced by the leaders of the company so that employees understand that they are encouraged to be more involved in workplace events and that their opinion does matter. The HR department will be in charge of implementing the idea by providing the necessary resources and planning the workplace events with the winning employee.

What obstacles, if any, do you foresee in implementing this Idea, and how would they be overcome?

The obstacles I foresee is the possibility that the employee with the Gratitude Hat may misuse their points to favor specific employees because they may like their idea for the workplace event. To overcome this winning employees may come up with more than one idea which will be picked by HR so that no one is sure which idea will win from a specific employee.

How will you test and prototype your solution?

I will test and prototype solution by introducing the idea to the team I am a part of at my current workplace. I will document any initial feedback from the introduction. I will test different thank-you cards by asking for feedback and improvement recommendations. The Gratitude Hat aspect will be tested by trying out different hats and or representations of the hat. I will observe how people respond to different thank-you cards and different Gratitude Hats.

What immediate next steps will you take if you receive an implementation grant.

If I receive an implementation grant I will use it to test my idea on different types of organizations on a departmental level and incrementally scale up.

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Research & Early Testing: You are exploring an idea, gathering inspiration and information needed to test it with real users.

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

My idea emerged from my past experiences in different types of workplaces in the restaurant, education, and technology industries.

Tell us about yourself

My name is Tannia Rodriguez and I have a background in Management Information Systems and Sociology.

Where are you / your team located?

I am located in Texas.

Tell us about your experience

I don't have any experience in the gratitude field, but through my personal experiences I've learned that gratitude in the workplace is necessary to sustain the company culture.

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Hi Tannia Rodriguez ,

Great to see you in the Ideas Phase of the Challenge! I'm curious about what would incentivize people to participate in this initiative? What type of support are you needing--beyond financial support--at this point in time

Attaching the gratitude definition for reference as you build out your concept

Excited to learn more!