The Jar-O-Goodness provides a creative, authentic medium to express gratitude while a monthly drawing for wellness-based rewards incentivizes participation and a broad-based wellness program reinforces positive behaviors that generate positive emotions.
The Jar-O-Goodness serves as a visual reminder to be grateful and is a receptacle, placed in a break-room or other conspicuous location, for the completed gratitude expressions. A kit comes with the jar and contains art supplies such as markers, paints, clay, a Polaroid camera and paper cards. Employees can create a visual expression of gratitude such as a painting, photograph or photograph of a sculpture on the card. Employees may choose to use language by writing on the cards or answering a prompt. Prompts, based in positive psychology, could include the following examples:
“What is something nice that someone did for you or you did for someone else this week?”
“What is one beautiful thing that you’ve seen, felt, heard, tasted or smelled today?”
“One thing that I appreciate about….is….”
“One of my greatest strengths is….and I can use it to create….change.”
Employees are encouraged to submit a gratitude card in the jar as often as they like. The more cards they submit, the more they improve their chances for selection in a monthly drawing. Every month management randomly chooses a card out of the jar. The creator of the selected card gets a reward that supports their health and wellness.
Examples of rewards could include healthy lunch with the boss, a chair massage, selecting art for the office, a local food basket, or two hours paid leave to go outside and exercise.
Additionally, employees are encouraged to look through the Jar-O-Goodness submissions and select one favorite per month. At the end of the year the team will make a piece of art using the favorite gratitude cards that can hang in a central location reminding them of their commitment to a healthy and happy workplace.
A broad-based wellness program provides context and scalability for positive action and emotion in the workplace as health and happiness are closely connected to feelings of gratitude. A wellness program should be tailored to the organization and could include both physical and programmatic strategies such as access to daylighting, ergonomic workstations, bike storage, gym memberships and nutritional coaching. Health and wellness rating systems such as Fitwel could be employed or an “ala carte” program could be crafted using evidence-based strategies and research that are applicable to the organization.