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Balloons = Gratitude

Using balloons as a token of appreciation and to display the power of community.

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The idea would be a fun way for employees to celebrate their team spirit, use it as a means of expressing gratitude to their co-workers, and to display the power that gratitude holds to brighten up a workplace and bring people closer together.

This idea could be part of a larger "Gratitude Day" or a stand-alone activity. The night before the activity, managers would bring their teams together to fill balloons using Helium gas, as a means of bonding teams by bringing people in the same room and doing fun activities like recording team videos while speaking in high pitched tones stimulated through inhaling Helium. These balloons will be placed at the entrance of each team's working space.

The next day, employees would come in, grab a balloon, and give it to a co-worker to express their gratitude for the work that they put in as part of the team. The balloons would then be taken and placed at each recipient's desk, with the hope that by the end of the day, the entire working space will be filled with balloons of different colors, celebrating team spirit and gratitude.

Idea Title

Balloons = Gratitude

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

Buy-in from upper management.

How will you test and prototype your solution?

Proposing this as a team building activity to my manager, bringing in balloons and giving them to individuals, and collecting feedback from recipients about how this gesture made them feel.

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

A group brainstorm as part of the Chief Gratitude Officers initiative.

Tell us about yourself

A Design Engineer by profession, I use design thinking methods and innovation tools to design products for the automotive industry, and help train and recruit professionals to do the same. I also help lead the OpenIDEO Detroit Chapter.


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