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!