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Lunch with a...

Show appreciation to people in the organization by hosting a one on one lunch with their choice person.

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In our organization, management that is one or two levels above doesn't have time to get to know those under them.  In having a one on one lunch to show gratitude to an employee this allows someone have the ear of management for that hour.

Idea Title

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

This idea is an expression of gratitude for either a job well done or doing something for someone and allows that person to meet someone they normally don't get a chance to talk to.

Who are you innovating for?

The people of our organization will be motivated to get the ear of management.

What type of workplaces are you innovating for?

Any medium to large size organization where there is little face to face with upper management.

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

It will be introduced in an email and people would have to select someone for this through a peer award process. We would need a committee from upper management to select the winner. We would need upper management and that person to make a plan for lunch.

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

Money, time of management, selection criteria.

How will you test and prototype your solution?

Test in a small department first and then expend.

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

1. Test in a small department first and then expand. Work with organizations to see better types of recognization solutions.

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

Our section at work had a gratitude workshop led by me and came up with this idea as we felt that we don't get much face time with management.

Tell us about yourself

Our team is a section in the research department of engineering at Ford Motor Company. We come up with innovative technological ideas to implement for the future of transportation.

Where are you / your team located?

Dearborn Michigan in the United States.

Tell us about your experience

I used to be in the Peace Corps. As an engineer I appreciate the human side to work.

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