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How to express gratitude and build better relationship in workplace

I am sharing a great idea for people to express gratitude and to build better relationship in workplace.

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Expressing gratitude can be tricky in workplace. It is not easy to express gratitude in the fast-paced business world nowadays. My idea is that creating a company-wide culture, so that workers will take others' out for lunch or happy hour and pay for their food and drinks. By doing so, workers are expressing their gratitude by providing material goods, effort and emotional support simultaneously. 

Idea Title

Showing gratitude during happy hours

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

By Creating a company-wide culture, my idea is providing workers a standard way to express their gratitude and connect to each other in workplace. Without the company-wide culture, it can be hard for workers to figure out a way to express their gratitude every time they need to.

Who are you innovating for?

I am innovating for companies and workers of companies, which are involved in fast-paced industries.

What type of workplaces are you innovating for?

I am innovating for workplaces that involves a lot of human interactions.

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

The idea of creating a company-wide culture will have to be introduced to the upper-level management personnel.

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

A possible obstacle is that people who are not used to spend time with their colleagues after work are not willing to sacrifice their personal time.

How will you test and prototype your solution?

The idea can be tested by being introducing to a division in a company first. The viability of my solution can be observed easily.

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

Looking for an appropriate company to implement my idea will be the next step. It is important to find a company in a suitable industry. More importantly, the company should be willing to work with the mentoring organization to provide feedback. In order to provide incentives to adopt the idea, the mentoring organization can work with local restaurants to provide discounts to workers of the idea adopting company.

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 is an individual idea, and I was inspired by my past experiences at work.

Tell us about yourself

I am senior management information system student at the University of Texas. I have worked in companies across a variety of industries.

Where are you / your team located?

TX, The United States

Tell us about your experience

I have worked in many fast-paced industries including commercial banking, professional service and technology.

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Hi Shawn Ye ,

Great to see you participating in the Ideas Phase of the Challenge! We see your post is currently unpublished. Was this your intention?

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