Using an automated email system and a number randomisation programme, staff members will arrive at work to find an email in their inbox, letting them know which of their colleagues they will acknowledge a ‘Big Little Moment’ for that day. By the end of the day, the staff member will have sent a message to the person specified in their email, thanking them for something they did that day. ‘Thank you for making coffee in the morning, I really needed it!’ ‘Thank you for working so hard, it inspired me to get through some difficult tasks!’ ‘Thank you for defending my idea in our team meeting.’ ‘Thank you for smiling at me this morning, it really cheered me up!’ ‘Thanks for being so cheerful today, you brightened up the office!’ ‘Thanks for working to such a tight deadline, I know it’s not easy and I appreciate how much effort you’re putting in.’
We believe that huge change can be made as staff members make a mental shift to focus on the positive side of their colleagues and what they have to be grateful for. (Imagine keeping an eye on someone in the office who irritates you or tends to bring out an impatient side of you and knowing that by the end of the day, you have to not only say something nice about them, but thank them for it – now that’s a shift!)
Alongside this, there is also the motivation brought about by receiving notes of recognition for little things you do daily at work. Imagine being thanked for simply being yourself and doing your job! We know that gratitude is a deep connector and builder of self-worth, and is also is a great way to celebrate - and celebrating is how we motivate ourselves! By practising gratitude, we can literally improve the motivation and therefore the productivity of an organisation. All good habits need to start small and regular - which is where this habit-builder really wins. It's in your email inbox because that's the first thing you look at when you get to work. It's an easy job, so you can do it as an in-between while your next bright work idea is brewing in the back of your head - and there's a karma to it: You take a minute to make your move and turn up to work in the morning to a lovely pick-me-up.