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Kudo Cards are small gestures of gratitude.

“One of the tools that I usually use to increase recognition of valued work is the Kudo Cards. They are a small and unexpected set of tokens of appreciation for doing a good job that encourages intrinsic motivation within an organization. It is a written and public recognition of a colleague for something he or she has contributed to the team. A Kudo is not just given from the top down but peer-to-peer, across departments and organizations, anyone can publicly recognize someone else’s work. It’s a way to break down hierarchical limitations and to encourage everyone to offer instant feedback.”
– TADEU MARINHO, agile coach, Knowledge 21

There is a constant need for a good time, a good memory, a written memory of your coworker. But it’s the recognition of valued work, not financial incentives, that encourages  intrinsic motivation within an organization.

“Money is only advised as a reward when you need to motivate people to do an uninteresting or repetitive job,” wrote Jurgen Appelo. But there’s no doubt that recognition is essential to feeling like your work is valued in an organization.

That’s why Kudos are becoming a trend around the world, as a way to facilitate thanks and acknowledgment.

What are Kudo Cards?

Some companies call them HERO awards, others Rippas or Hugs, we call them Kudos. It is a written and public recognition of a colleague for something he or she has contributed to the team. A Kudo is not just given from the top down peer-to-peer, across departments and organizations, anyone can recognize someone else’s work. It’s a way to break down hierarchical limitations and to encourage everyone to offer instant feedback.

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Want to recognize a coworker for the extra mile?

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Or if you want to DIY, you can print and cut out in 14 different languages…

What is the Kudo Box?

While some companies are creating a wall of kudos, proudly showing all the time, others are looking to build a “shout-out shoebox” or a kudo box, in which they store the kudos and then have monthly or so celebrations, where they read out the kudos. Others choose to turn the Kudo Box into a raffle, giving away Starbucks giftcards.

“Teamwork can only emerge as an outcome of people’s individual contributions to that team.”

Now you can send Virtual Kudo Cards to anyone on Twitter!

kudobox-coWe love Kudo Boxes, but they can be virtual too – weck, we can turn Twitter into a Kudo Box! Our rocking team member Sergey created this free tool to help spread the gratitude, positive energy and public recognition of Kudo Cards. Want to share your kudos with us? Tweet to @ management30 !

Visit  KudoBox.co  to tweet your first kudo!

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“People realized that giving feedback is as important as getting it. And that’s all in the right words. What’s even better, we see that our culture is changing. What started out as a great and constructive way to say thanks, now evolved into a new feedback culture. ”
Read more about Gutefrage’s experience.

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