Typically a thank you is expressed directly person to person or among small teams. If those expressions of gratitude could be seen more widely inside the workplace, it could provide meaningful inspiration to co-workers on which to act themselves, and foster a culture of gratitude within an organization.
Combining expressions of thanks that already occur on workplace tools like Slack or email with digital signage or another kind of display board would be compelling. However implementing digital signs or even manual boards (such as a pin-board or white board) can also be challenging and time consuming.
Vestaboard is already in-design to be a simple out-of-the-box sign that integrates directly with a mobile app and / or workplace tools like slack or email. We are proposing to work with a specific organization to implement Vestaboard for the sole purpose of promoting gratitude in the workplace.
By combining common workplace tools with a large public display like Vestaboard, we believe we can create an authentic positive impact inside a natural work environment.
A single Vestaboard could be used in a smaller office (3-40 employees) whereas multiple Vestaboards could scale to multiple rooms and / or office locations. Thus if we are successful with a small pilot we could expand the concept of Vestaboard + gratitude to other workplaces of all sizes.
For the purposes of this project we propose to work with Greater Good Science Center to how best to implement these messages of gratitude inside a workplace. For example should we attempt to promote any message of thanks that occur on workplace tools (like Slack or email) onto a public board? Or should the expression of thanks on a public board be pro-active by the giver of thanks? Should the receiver of thanks permit the public expression? (By public we simply mean available to all workers internal to a workplace).
By combining expressions of thanks that occur in ordinary workplace tools and making these thanks widely seen through Vestaboard, there is great potential to:
(a) unmask the magnitude of thanks already occurring in a work environment;
(b) inspire or remind others to take similar action;
(c) impact and ideally improve the culture of the organization
Vestaboard is a highly visible object itself and therefore provides high impact potential to promote gratitude in a way that is relevant and meaningful. The idea of combining workplace tools with a public display could help individuals, teams and the overall culture thrive with gratitude.