The Lawrence Hall of Science is a busy place where individuals are constantly creating and supporting high quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) experiences for all kinds of of learners. Although we work on a wide range of initiatives across many types of learning environments, one thing we are known for across the board is interactive, hands-on experiences that encourage reflection. Our idea to inspire the experience and expression of gratitude in our workplace is to build a series of interactive “exhibit” pieces that will invite staff to express gratitude for one another’s work. To keep things interesting, we’ll switch out these “exhibits” each month, and will also iterate and test different mechanisms.
We’ll design ideas that invite both public and private expressions of gratitude to match different communication styles. And, we’ll build in ways to encourage and incentivize participation without requiring it.
We piloted three exhibits--the Wheel of Gratitude, Jars of Gratitude, and Making a Note of It--at our staff holiday party. Photos and videos of the pilot session, the User Experience Journey that informed our design, and survey results with feedback from the pilot session are available on Google Drive.