Stress and mental health problems are often triggered by the lack of praise and recognition. We need a new way to say thank you and share how much we appreciate the work of our colleagues. Good news for companies: happy employees are more productive.
The idea is simple and easy to implement. Every company should set up an "Appreciation board" where colleagues can say thank you or compliment their fellow peers. Team members send short messages recognizing each other, at any time. The board and messages being sent should be visible to all employees, i.e. in the entrance of the office. Employees are passing this board several times per day and can have a look and contribute to the board.
Some examples could like like this:
thanks Bruce for supporting him writing the best sales pitch ever.
high fives Paula for winning a new client.
thanks Scarlett for helping him to structure the new project.
This is an easy way to share appreciation. Public recognition from peers is highly satisfying and motivating. Moreover research has shown that being grateful makes people happier. And the receiver of the appreciation feels honored and happy as well.
Messages can be published with a name or even anonymously.