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Big Little Moments.

A simple, fun way to raise the consciousness of staff members and let people know they are recognised for their achievements every day.

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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.

Idea Title

Big Little Moments

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

Staff may be sceptical at first, but once they have received a couple of loving messages, thanking them for something they might have thought no one noticed, they will feel compelled to join in with the good spirit of it. As staff members shift their focus to looking for positives in their colleagues, and away from negative feelings, the general moral of the whole business will go up. Staff will be more motivated to work after feeling recognised for their achievements and staff relationships will be better as people focus on the good in one another. This system also encourages staff members to seek out colleagues that they may not know which will also improve the functioning of the business.

Who are you innovating for?

This idea is for the benefit of people who come to work everyday, do their absolute best and then go home, feeling as though they have not been recognised for what they have done. It is also for people who are struggling to get along with certain colleagues. This can lead to lack of productivity, a poor work environment and emotional stress. No matter how much a colleague might grind your gears, spend a day trying to think of reasons to like them, and I swear, you’ll find at least one.

What type of workplaces are you innovating for?

I first imaged this idea working in an office, but as I have worked on it, I feel that it can work in any setting. If staff do not have their own email addresses, they can be handed a name on a card each morning. If it is in a large corporation, smaller groups can be made, if the company is comprised of remote people, the same messages of gratitude can be sent by email (maybe less often – weekly, or after a project is finished).

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

One designated person would be in charge of setting up the system – putting details into the email system and handing out little cards for the Big Little Moments to be written on. But the beauty of this idea is that it is self-sustaining. Once the staff members get started, they will want to continue. There are always new things to be grateful for and as the whole culture of the workplace shifts to one of gratitude and abundance, staff members will want to continue with the system.

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

If someone isn't on board - Call a meeting to learn (through a locally sourced gratitude workshop or online videos) about the benefits of gratitude and have everyone commit for a month of this project. A staff member might dislike another so much that they refuse to write to them - I believe this to be a great opportunity to resolve deep conflict in the workplace. If a staff member dislikes another this much, it is a problem which desperately needs to be solved.

How will you test and prototype your solution?

I currently work in two different places, a Mental Wellbeing Studio and the Head office of a chain of supermarkets. I would test both of these workplaces to trial how well it works in each, to acknowledge any difficulties and to fine ways around them. The staff members of both of these organisations are very happy to try this new system and are excited to see it in action (and are mostly excited to receive their first note!)

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

Having launched workplace resilience programmes such as 'Mindwork Bootcamp' and Mental Health First Aid, we've been in direct contact with people in organisations who are working to improve the wellness culture of their workplace. This idea is so low-fi and low cost, we could jump straight into using this opportunity to implement the system in some of the workplaces that we are already in contact with - especially those who need a feasible and tangible solution to their negative workspaces.

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

At CoLiberate, we are always working from a place of genuine gratitude. We are constantly pointing out little things that we love about each other’s process. When I began working in another office, I noticed something was missing. No one was acknowledging each other for the little things they were doing. Some staff felt invisible. I began to think about how I could instil the kind of gratitude culture we have a CoLiberate to my new place of work, and the idea for Big Little Moments was born.

Tell us about yourself

CoLiberate is a social enterprise, working to help individuals in NZ to value their mental health. We've got Wellington's first gym for your mind open in the CBD, delivering emotional workouts and creating a fitness culture around mental health. We also deliver wellness programmes to workplaces & have just brought the first Mental Health First Aid Certificate to Wellington.

Where are you / your team located?

Wellington, New Zealand

Please describe your legal and organizational structure

We're initially registered as a Limited Liability Company, with a social impact arm. We're looking at registering as a Charity.

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Tell us about your experience

We started out as artists - theatre makers - with a focus on people and process over product. When we realized that we'd become experts in people-care through our theatre making practice, building communities and fuelling self-worth, confidence, meaning and buoyancy in others, we set about making that same sort of meaningful self-care available to all kinds of people, not just creatives! Now we work as mental health advocates, delivering emotional workouts, facilitating, listening and sharing.


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