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Consider to create a program to encourage expression of gratitude among employees in large organizations

It is a proven fact that expressing gratitude meaningfully can do wonders in productivity as well as in emotional health.

Large organizations can easily achieve a higher level of gratitude, happiness and productivity among employees by creating a simple human resource development program that helps in developing habit of thanking.

Such a program can be easily rolled out using 1-2 hour training combined with a web+mobile based software that would help employees to thank in meaningful, thoughtful, playful, traditional, warm, yet contemporary and cool manner. Think "business casual thanking".

The software platform can remind, pop ideas to thank, share the gratitude and maintain a publicly view-able gratitude journal and many more things to make it interesting and inspiring to thank.

I am creating such a software platform and looking for what industry leaders think about it.

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Thanks for all the feedback so far.
Please note I am not suggesting to replace face-to-face thanking or any other form of thanking. I am just trying to add one more way of thanking. Nothing to do with employer-employee relation. It s not to be combined with employee review. It is just a way to introduce some fun in the everyday life.
It will work on group psychology. You will see the uplifting of groups morale and emotional state.
I am not proposing this as a "have-to-do" thing for employees to please management. This is a tool to bring some fun with gratitude.

It is not automatically generated thanking. It is people thanking people through one more way.

I think I should create a video to clarify what I am proposing and what is possible.

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    Sep 12 2013: I think something like gratitude would get lost in translation from a meaningful, warm human expression to what amounts to a cold, hollow prescriptive one.

    Gratitude is essentially a human trait, generated via the symbiosis of one consciousness interacting with another - or several others. That's what generates genuine warmth. It cannot be coldly digitised, programmed, or reduced to mathematical formulae, only to be somehow 're-warmed' up again for people to use as a prescribed procedure in organisations. The effect would be as superficial and annoying - even enraging for some people - as a forced smile or an insincere platitude.

    In my opinion, the problem lies with a profound disconnect between an organisation and its employees - a relationship no longer seen as mutually beneficial. If that symbiosis has all but vanished, then it is never going to be a place to express any kind of sincere gratitude. Therefore, creating programmes and manuals for gratitude will act only as a sticking-plaster (Band-Aid) for what is fundamentally a deeper psychological problem that exists within the corporate environment.

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