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Say it with…a card

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Following on from Dan Cook’s blog post about healthy and happy teams, we’re trialling something new in the digital portfolio team. A new way to say thank you and well done to colleagues who have gone above and beyond.

It started with a wall. A praise wall

Picture shows the Kudo cards that make up the praise wall

At our first team wide event in October last year, we launched a ‘praise wall’ initiative as a way of recognising colleagues for a successful piece of work or for showing support for one another.

We set up a space outside our office and encouraged everyone to post a Kudo card as a way of publicly saying ‘thanks and well done’.

In the first phase, we posted 53 cards, with some people being recognised more than once. It was really lovely to see so many people get involved, with comments ranging from a thank you for:

being such an amazing team player

or for:

stepping in on a project to help out at short notice

to recognising someone who:

tackles all tasks with a cheery disposition and can-do attitude, a pleasure to work with

And it continued with cake

To mark the end of the first quarter of our praise wall, we held a celebration party in January to congratulate everyone that received a card.

This was a good opportunity to get to know other staff in the portfolio team and for us to say a proper thank you to everyone for the many and varied reasons they were recognised. And we mainly said it with cake.

Picture of the thank you cake with 'thank you' written in chocolate shapes

The ‘thank you’ cake baked by our Director, Dan Cook, went down a treat, whereas I decided not to inflict my disastrous cake-making attempts on anyone and sensibly bought some treats from M&S instead.

What next?

The refreshed praise wall for the next quarter is already starting to fill up again. If you work in Parliament, stop by the second floor of Richmond House to take a look.

Meanwhile, I’ll be over here contemplating my lack of cake-making ability and definitely writing a few cards for colleagues who have been so supportive already this year.

Read more about the work we've been doing to create the cultural values in PDS. 

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