We will develop and prototype a method for inspiring and acknowledging expressions of Gratitude, Empathy, and Mindfulness (GEM) in our clinic that take less than one minute to complete. Our aim is to encourage and provide multiple opportunities to express GEM(s) and increase awareness of the importance of independence among team members.
Plan: We will develop, test and implement the following ideas to cultivate gratitude among employees at the clinic:
- Enable an in-the-moment method for to staff acknowledge an act of GEM. Possibly an individually wrapped dark chocolate with a label that has a word or statement of GEM.
- Create a customized, pre-populated post-it note with appreciations and/or acknowledgement of a GEM moment. These post-it notes will live in multiple work spaces so staff can quickly/easily complete and given to the person or stick at a workstation.
- Any person acknowledging a GEM or receiving an acknowledgement places a colored stone in the clinic GEM jar. As a clinic we understand it is important to “fill our own cup”, but can forget this when clinic life is hectic. The GEM jar will remind us of this and when it is full the whole clinic will participate in an activity that acknowledges our GEM(s) in the workplace.
These ideas will be developed and tested via the clinic’s Trauma Informed Care & Employee Wellness Committee.
“There are little gems all around us that can hold glimmers of inspiration.” –Richelle Mead