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Thumbs up for you and Kudos for everyoneDorien Jorissen
Feeling appreciated is a wonderful feeling and can give any team member an enormous boost of energy and motivation.
Here at ACA, any employee can easily give their workmates a “pat on the back” for a job well done. We actually created an entire platform which supports and facilitates this amongst all our team members and takes away the threshold of actually stepping up to someone and telling him or her.
The ACA Kudos platform
Our ACA Kudos platform is based on a few simple guidelines:
- Every employee can choose 2 nominees a year
- Management cannot be nominated
- The reason why someone is nominated is entirely up to the nominator
- Nominees can receive a bottle of champagne, an iTunes voucher or a more personalized gift
So if I would make a deal with a colleague of mine, e.g. “If you give me a Kudos, I’ll give one to you. Then we’ll have a party with the two bottles of Champagne”, this would be perfectly possible. Management has decided to not judge the reasons why someone is nominated. The actual beauty of it is that the Kudos platform was created almost two years ago and that scenarios as the one above, haven’t occured yet. So how come nobody takes advantage?
According to me this is because it’s a natural extension of our company culture and our methodology:
- Daily communication
On a daily basis my colleagues communicate about what they are working on during our stand up meeting. If someone can use some help, they can openly discuss about it.
- Pair programming
Pair programming is used often during our development process; this does not only help with code quality, but also improves collaboration between team members.
- Passionate people
When I look around, I can only see passionate people. Sharing the same passion creates a bond ..
The Kudos platform is perceived as an opportunity to really thank someone by giving him or her a gift instead of a platform to receive something.
For this, I can only speak for myself, but I dare to believe this goes for all my colleagues: We have too much respect for our management to take advantage of the Kudos platform
Kudos everywhere ?
So, will this Kudos initiative work in all companies?
Maybe not … but I think it’s something every HR department should consider.
- It gives all colleagues the opportunity to speak up
- It highlights positive feelings
- It creates an opportunity to thank a colleague for all the things he/she has done
- It lets you know people care about the effort and passion they bring to the table
Kudos, only for colleagues… ?
The Kudos platform was created in 2012 and is so successful that not only colleagues, but even clients and our cleaning lady have received Kudos.
All of this because of the 4 simple rules of our Kudos platform… and because rules are made to be broken, I hereby nominate the Management of ACA for this wonderful initiative !