Welcoming Gratitude in Round Rock ISD – #gratitudeatwork Challenge Entry

An effective aspect of the Design Thinking Process is that once it starts, it doesn’t stop. We work along with a timeline that provides opportunities for learners to refine ideas and produce a prototype by an agreed upon deadline. And a key element to the process is that even when we launch the prototype or solution, the refinement does not stop. With a continuous improvement mindset, the designers will continue to iterate as the solution is put into action. Check out the Design Thinking for Educators resource for ideas on using this process to create solutions on your campus or in your classroom.

Our Round Rock ISD #gratitudeatwork team has worked over the last month to research exceptional examples of gratitude throughout our organization and submitted an idea to the recent OpenIDEO challenge question: How might we inspire experiences and expressions of gratitude in the workplace?

The team is following the below timeline and working alongside an international team to create an actionable solution to test out in departments and campuses around RRISD in spring or fall 2018.
We were amazed by the gratitude practices already taking place on several campuses and blended them into our submitted idea called: Welcoming Gratitude in Round Rock ISD. So take a moment and give us some thoughts on the idea by clicking on the button below. Remember, this is just a first stab at answering the challenge question. Likely far from the final solution. You’ll see the option to leave comments at the bottom of the contribution and would love thoughts from around our organization.

Learn more about the impact of authentic gratitude as well with these resources:

Five Ways to Cultivate Gratitude at Work,” “How Gratitude Can Transform Your Workplace,” along with a paper by University of Washington business school professor Ryan Fehr.

We want to thank the team mentioned below for the work of looking at current practices and diving into the process of building effective systems to inspire gratitude in the workplace. Click any of the names below to follow them on Twitter and join the conversation using #rrisdgratitude and/or #gratitudeatwork.

Laurie HumphriesAndrea Orluski, Margo VogelpohlHope Scallan, Ryan SmithTiffanie Harrison, Holly Pazos, Debbie PalmerMya MercerAmi UselmanAmy Grosso, and Dustin Binnicker