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Warm Fuzzies

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Warm fuzzies ... just a little fuzzy pom-pom ball with moving eyes, antenna and stick on feet. They've been around for years and years. A few months back I recalled that my first Nursing Supervisor gave them out when we'd had a particularly stressful day and managed it well. Hmmmm ... perhaps I should do the same thing. An idea forming.

I mentioned it to my Manager and she said, "I like it! I'm going to do it!" OK, I left it with her and waited. She didn't do it. Two months passed and no warm fuzzies appeared. I ordered some ... boy were they difficult to find! But find them I did!

I've been giving them out for a couple of weeks now. Oh my! The improvement in morale! I don't give them to every person every time, but in a time of stressful work when the effort has been taxing, I appear with a warm fuzzy. Others see the token of honor on their desk. It's become a source of honor, personal pride. When life is tough and someone swoops in to recognize both verbally and tangibly that level of stress and hard work, life seems to get a little better. It's a win/win.

I see my more tenured staff opening up and being more relaxed, more friendly, more able to see the broader picture instead of simply their tunnel of work because they had that moment of praise and recognition when they least expected it. For my new hires, that huge smile of "I got it!" and "Someone else realized it!" I don't think we get enough praise as adults. Warm fuzzies are my little way of giving my folks a little smile that gives back to them daily.

I don't discriminate who I will give a warm fuzzy to. Yesterday, a coder got one and so did my Manager. Everyone needs to realize that they are appreciated for their hard work!

And they are "warm fuzzies" even though one of my folks continues to call them "soft fuzzies". LOL! We don't say a word!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SNOWYOGA 6/16/2014 11:52PM

    I love it!

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SHIRLA7 6/16/2014 8:39AM

    I'm so glad your idea is working out so well!

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DS9KIE 6/11/2014 8:22PM

    what a emoticon idea

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KIM22211 6/11/2014 4:16PM

    lol! great job and love the soft fuzzies! lol lol lol

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SHANTODD420 6/11/2014 2:48PM

    What a wonderful idea and helps boost morale have a great day Cathy.

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GAILANN48 6/11/2014 2:40PM

    I love this!

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BARBARAROSE54 6/11/2014 2:38PM

    emoticon what a great idea !

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    Cathy, that's a great idea! Everyone likes a little recognition!!

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UWPALUM 6/11/2014 11:03AM

    I have always been a fan of Warm Fuzzies!! Even when my colleagues and staff members have not been into it. Where did you finally find them? Can you send me the company/site?


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WORKNPROGRESS49 6/11/2014 10:18AM


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IRISHEI 6/11/2014 9:24AM

    Wonderful idea and I am sure your employees love it. Always so nice to be appreciated and noticed when we need something or have done something special. These seem to be like a HUG which we all love + enjoy..whoops.. (at least me, some do not like to be touched or hugged I know) Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Irish Ei emoticon

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SUSANSLIFE 6/11/2014 8:48AM

    How wonderful you are! We need more people like you in health care and also in government agencies, schools, the workplace, you name it!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/11/2014 8:40AM

    That is really awesome. You are too cool.

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NILLAPEPSI 6/11/2014 8:14AM

    Something as simple as a little warm fuzzy. Amazing. Thank you for that idea. I might need to use that on someone. emoticon

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SNOOPYLINKOS 6/11/2014 7:34AM

    I love it! Like a kid with a 'star' chart. Fun at the work place, the place that needs fun the most! JOB emoticon

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    A wonderful idea! emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 6/11/2014 6:19AM

    What a wonderful idea and it helps morale so much. Everyone like a little recognition and this is a perfect way to show appreciation. It is too bad your manager didn't follow through with this. I bet since she is seeing how much it gives a boost she wishes she had done it. I bet she was so happy when she got hers. Are they different colors? I am going to look them up b/c I haven't heard of them before now. Have a "warm fuzzy" day.Someone may just pass their's back to you. You DESERVE one for the wonderful things you do for so many.

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MARYJOANNA 6/11/2014 5:34AM

  What a super idea!

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