Gratbox provides a platform for managers, employees and coworkers to recognize one another’s contributions and facilitates the expression and reception of gratitude in the workplace. It is a web-based tool that collects user-submitted expressions of gratitude and makes it simple for a member of the team to build a newsletter, email, or other office communication to share the gratitude with the office community.
Organization members will visit Gratbox’s website to submit their thank yous, and the site will provide a prompt to help them express their gratitude in a way that is specific and meaningful. Another member of the organization (the “editor”) can then log into the site and see what other employees have submitted. They can select the type of communication they would like to create, and drag the submissions into a provided template. The editor will also have the opportunity to add additional content that will be fun and interesting for the workplace community, such as employee profiles, movie or music recommendations, or a featured pet. When the editor is done assembling the communication, it can be downloaded as a PDF for printing or exported as an email blast.
Key components and values of Gratbox include:
Inclusion of prompts that encourage employees and managers to think about the importance of gratitude. Prompts will be included on the gratitude submission page and on the editing page (encouraging editors to consider team members who may be overlooked for thanks).
Leadership by individual(s) within the office who serve as editor.
Participation of management, and focus on their gratitude for team members.
Inclusion of content that reflects a workplace’s culture and fosters relationships and engagement across the community.
Customization so workplaces can send the type of communication with the frequency and prompts that is right for them.
Gratbox’s tagline is “Thank outside the inbox.” Ultimately, the goal of this tool is for workplace members to be more inclined to express and more receptive to gratitude beyond the newsletter and email. They may thank someone they would not have thought to otherwise or develop a deeper relationship with their coworkers who they otherwise would not have gotten to know. Another positive outcome of this initiative is that managers will be able to to see their employees’ contributions and their positive impact within the work environment. This may ultimately lead to managers considering their employees more for advancement and opportunities to grow within the organization.