In an age of virtual communication, thank you is often a closing statement at the end of an email. In order to break out of the mundane culture of gratitude found in many workplaces, I propose we creatively bring back the fun and joy in gratitude.
From childhood to adulthood, games foster an atmosphere of fun and create a space to learn skills like resource management, negotiation, and critical thinking. The purpose of Gratigame is to foster the skills necessary to give and receive gratitude in the workplace in a fun and lighthearted way.
Below are the rules of Gratigame:
- Each department has 50 Graticards in different colors (i.e. Adult Medicine Graticards are blue)
- Graticards are cards with grateful statements that are meant to be given to staff that are doing work that you are grateful for
- Managers will house the Graticards and staff will ask for a Graticard and tell their Manager who they will give it to and why
- Once said staff gives the Graticard to the recipient from a different department, the recipient will give it to their Manager and tell them who gave it to them and why
- Only 25% of the Graticards can be given to a “sister department” (i.e. Adult Medicine and Pediatric Medicine)
- At the end of each quarter, the department that has given away the most Graticards is the winner
- The prize will be for the entire department and will be decided by Senior Leadership
- Managers will then return the Graticards to the respective Managers to start again for the next quarter