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Thank You Notes

Providing an avenue for social networking and capacity building in a work environment to gratitude and health bonding.

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Company Employees can easily be motivated to write short, personal notes of gratitude if they feel a coworker is performing exceptionally or helps the organization in a more meaningful way. A track record of notes one receives for two to three months after which the company would through a staff event with foods and drinks provided, games for fun for everyone to take part, and a day off aimed at providing a platform for people to connect, socialize and get to know each other better. The top people with the most notes would be recognized and receive a small gift from the company top leadership to thank them for their hard work and contributions to the organization.

Sometimes the best gratitude comes in small doses: a little Thank You note of two or three sentences. Writing Thank You notes is a great team activity any time of year and a thoughtful way for managers to show appreciation.

A small note containing words of gratitude that an employee would send out anonymously each day to everyone in their business.  The note would contain uplifting words of what they are thankful for and why they are thankful for it.  It could also contain congratulations to an employee or group who achieved something great in their work that may have gone unnoticed or underappreciated.

Idea Title

Thank You Notes

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

This idea will give a chance to workers to receive hand-written notes from their co-employees on a regular basis. This act would be an eye opener that indeed people appreciate them for their hard work. It could build more connections between people who otherwise might not communicate often, or might not realize the extent to which their actions affected someone else. It also provides fun social events for people to get to know each other better which in my experience is potentially the most important factor in how much people look forward to coming to work.

Who are you innovating for?

This may be applicable to all employees of any organization or company but for the purposes of specifications, this idea will directly benefit employees of Youth Contact Association. The idea gives an opportunity for beneficiaries to participate in fun social events, while those who go above and beyond can get the added benefit of regularly receiving the gratitude of their coworkers and being publicly recognized every few months.

What type of workplaces are you innovating for?

This is designed for both small and big organizations with number of employees in any geographical location to allow them participate in various games as a means of social bonding and connecting.

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

I will start by introducing the idea to the organization's chief executive officer, upon approval i will market and train organization's employees on to go about the entire process. The organization's employees will then become the ambassadors in sharing the idea to colleagues and associates from other organizations hence expansion and growth.

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

Being a new idea, i foresee finding challenges in the idea acceptance but not so much to worry about this will be overcome By providing incentives and giving regular encouragement and reminders to employees to appreciate the things other people do for them it could become second-nature for an organization.

How will you test and prototype your solution?

Using everyday situations to test unrealistic day to day I will prototype this idea using 2 to 4 employees from different departments in Youth Contact Association to establish the effectiveness, convenience, and applicability of the idea in expressing gratitude at a work place. This aimed at gathering feed back from the actual beneficiaries to determine the idea's viability and feasibility in addressing the challenge question.

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

Testing my ideas and validating my hypotheses about the users, marketing and idea launch are primary key steps in this idea's implementation plan as well as seeking out for potential collaborators and partners. Develop customer value, Launch live prototypes and a pilot, Conduct a pilot for t Furthermore the grant would help in establishing a service station base. Working with a mentoring organization would provide exposure and expansion opportunities needed for idea development and scaling.

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Prototyping: You have conducted some small tests or experiments with prospective users and will continue developing idea through these tests.

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

Individual Idea

Tell us about yourself

Joseph is currently the Assistant MD of a local television station(Reign TV), but has got experience in entrepreneurship, design and marketing.

Where are you / your team located?

Uganda, Kampala

Tell us about your experience

Designer and entrepreneur

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Hi Joseph Mulabbi ,

Great to see you in the Challenge! I'm curious about what would incentivize people to participate in this initiative? How would this inspire gratitude as we are defining it for this challenge? I've attached an article detailing the definition of gratitude here https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/gratitude/definition

Looking forward to learning more!

Photo of Joseph Mulabbi
Team

Hi Lauren
This idea will give a chance to workers to receive hand-written notes from their co-employees on a regular basis. This act would be an eye opener that indeed people appreciate them for their hard work. It could build more connections between people who otherwise might not communicate often, or might not realize the extent to which their actions affected someone else. It also provides fun social events for people to get to know each other better which in my experience is potentially the most important factor in how much people look forward to coming to work

Photo of Joseph Mulabbi
Team

Hi Lauren
This idea will give a chance to workers to receive hand-written notes from their co-employees on a regular basis. This act would be an eye opener that indeed people appreciate them for their hard work. It could build more connections between people who otherwise might not communicate often, or might not realize the extent to which their actions affected someone else. It also provides fun social events for people to get to know each other better which in my experience is potentially the most important factor in how much people look forward to coming to work

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