I picked a card for today from life changer cards pack. The value I got was Joyfulness. I was happy that I got this card during DaanUtsav, the Festival of giving celebrated in India from Oct 2nd to Oct 8th. It is the tenth year of celebration. Indians from different walks of life come together to celebrate the joy they get by doing an act of giving.
On Oct 2nd, Gandhi Jayanthi and Swach Bharath day, I had an opportunity to attend one of the DaaUsav celebrations. One corporate and one non-profit organization had come together to honor the work done by conservancy workers of Chennai city to keep the city clean. They gave them medals and lunch. Everyone of them wore the medal with pride because it was given as appreciation and Thankyou. On a regular day we all pass by the workers but never appreciate them even when our roads and streets are clean. But a day like yesterday gave us the opportunity to appreciate the work done by the workers . We saw the workers smiling, having fun and motivated to keep the city more clean. When you see them happy, you experience the joy. We as their customers got an opportunity to express our appreciation because there was a platform to do it. If the city had sent a survey only very few would have filled the survey to give feedback.
Similarly an organization has to create a platform where peers can appreciate each other , managers can appreciate their directs and vice-versa and customers and partners can easily provide appreciation for the employees who provide good service to them. A simple appreciation can bring joy to the employees and the giver also becomes a receiver. The recognition platform should be simple enough for everyone to use. The rewards associated with peer recognition need not be monetary or tied with compensation. They can be non-monetary like prime parking spot, window office with scenic view for a day or a comp-off.. Joyful workplace will be an outcome of the platform. Productivity will increase if employees are happy.
The author Jayashree Venkataraman is the Founder and CEO of Appreiz Inc which is powering modern open talent experience. In her role as CEO, she is responsible for product management, sales and business development. Jayashree’s outstanding career spans two decades in advanced and emerging markets of US, India and China as a technology leader. Her expertise in delivering engineering and operational excellence for global giants like Microsoft and GE and her intrinsic coaching skills come together powerfully for Appreiz. She has an innate ability to delve into the heart of what enthuses talent, especially in an era of social platforms driving people engagements. Her acumen in defining strategy, managing operations and mentoring, empowers Appreiz with a gamut of features that are insightful, exciting, and talent motivating. Jayashree is also the co-founder of 160 Hours. This modern company aims to revolutionize the way businesses address workforce challenges by offering man hours that can be bought. She is an Executive Coach with training from Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching, the world’s No 1 leadership thinker and #7 business thinker. She is coauthor of the book Project Leadership by Management Concepts . Jayashree has a MBA from Xavier University, Ohio, USA. Jayashree received the Woman Super Achiever Award from World HRD congress and Femina in 2017.