New way to boost the work community

May 29, 2023

Written by

Karoliina Jarenko

There is a tremendous amount of work being done in workplaces that falls outside official job descriptions. Much of this work is critical: without it, the organization would not function. Although the situation has been recognized for a long time, we have not had the tools to bring hidden work to light and acknowledge it. Now we do. This blog tells the story of how OAJ Gradian implemented Vibemetrics' Boost at Jyväskylä Educational Consortium Gradia and gave 1050 recognitions for valuable, previously hidden work during spring 2023.

Who gives you the best advice for customer meetings? Who is your master at keeping even difficult conversations constructive? Whose presence turns shared coffee moments into warm and invigorating experiences? Who reminds you to take a break and leads a few minutes of exercise between meetings? From whom do you seek emotional support in tough times?

All this work is extremely valuable for the functioning of organizations and work communities, but it is not written into any job description. It is done by those who recognize the need and are willing to make the effort to fulfill it. Often, these are proactive individuals for whom the subject is internally motivational and a natural strength. They independently incorporate these elements into their job description and autonomously manage them without being asked – often without anyone even noticing. And often without much recognition.

The fact that the work is done proactively and with internal motivation in no way diminishes its value. Proactiveness also does not affect whether these individuals would not be delighted or feel valued if their work were acknowledged and its significance recognized publicly. Feeling valued directly affects the sense of justice, trust, community, and the desire to act in the best interest of the community. In fact, if we want people to look at the big picture and take action where they feel it is necessary, we must develop our ability to recognize this unseen work, bring it to light, and show appreciation for it.

If we want people to take initiative where they feel it is necessary, we should develop our ability to identify this hidden work, bring it to light, and thank them for it.

If we want people to take initiative where they feel it is necessary, we should develop our ability to identify this hidden work, bring it to light, and thank them for it.

For this purpose, Vibemetrics Boost has been created. It was introduced at Gradia in February 2023 as an addition to the Vibemeter Towards a Better Work Well-being at Gradia project. The project is managed by OAJ Gradia and funded by OAJ's work well-being fund. The topics of the boosts have been chosen to give recognition for the development of the work atmosphere and work culture. Some boosts have been created purely to bring joy. An example of this is the recognition of a “just an awesome person” 

There are always five boosts for each month, and they can be shared as many as one desires. The boosts are given anonymously, so they cannot be used to build a debt of gratitude or for politicking. The boosts pop into the email inbox once a day, and from the Boost Portal, one can see all the boosts accumulated in that particular month at a glance. This leads to insights about one's own role in the work community and may even highlight strengths and qualities that one has not previously thought of. 

The leader of the aforementioned work well-being project, Birgitta Mannila, and the occupational safety representatives Markku Suominen and Ulla Koukkari-Anttonen, have been satisfied with the Boost service. Almost all those boosted have been delighted with the praises they received. “It was great to try out a new encouraging tool in our own work community during the spring. There is never too much joy in work communities”, says Mannila. Suominen and Koukkari-Anttonen praise the anonymity of the Boost service and the fact that the service operates smoothly in a large work community. “We hope that through this, we have been able to provide colleagues with good spirits and thereby the strength to cope in the midst of everyday life”, says Koukkari-Anttonen. In addition to ready-made boosts, it would be nice to include an open boost that everyone could create and target directly to the desired person”, suggests Suominen. 

The Open Boost is now in the pipeline. Thanks to Gradia for the great suggestion 🙂 

Read more about Boost on our website here or book a time directly, and let's get Boost going in your organization too. 

There is a tremendous amount of work being done in workplaces that falls outside official job descriptions. Much of this work is critical: without it, the organization would not function. Although the situation has been recognized for a long time, we have not had the tools to bring hidden work to light and acknowledge it. Now we do. This blog tells the story of how OAJ Gradian implemented Vibemetrics' Boost at Jyväskylä Educational Consortium Gradia and gave 1050 recognitions for valuable, previously hidden work during spring 2023.

New way to boost the work community

May 29, 2023

Written by

Karoliina Jarenko

Who gives you the best advice for customer meetings? Who is your master at keeping even difficult conversations constructive? Whose presence turns shared coffee moments into warm and invigorating experiences? Who reminds you to take a break and leads a few minutes of exercise between meetings? From whom do you seek emotional support in tough times?

All this work is extremely valuable for the functioning of organizations and work communities, but it is not written into any job description. It is done by those who recognize the need and are willing to make the effort to fulfill it. Often, these are proactive individuals for whom the subject is internally motivational and a natural strength. They independently incorporate these elements into their job description and autonomously manage them without being asked – often without anyone even noticing. And often without much recognition.

The fact that the work is done proactively and with internal motivation in no way diminishes its value. Proactiveness also does not affect whether these individuals would not be delighted or feel valued if their work were acknowledged and its significance recognized publicly. Feeling valued directly affects the sense of justice, trust, community, and the desire to act in the best interest of the community. In fact, if we want people to look at the big picture and take action where they feel it is necessary, we must develop our ability to recognize this unseen work, bring it to light, and show appreciation for it.

If we want people to take initiative where they feel it is necessary, we should develop our ability to identify this hidden work, bring it to light, and thank them for it.

For this purpose, Vibemetrics Boost has been created. It was introduced at Gradia in February 2023 as an addition to the Vibemeter Towards a Better Work Well-being at Gradia project. The project is managed by OAJ Gradia and funded by OAJ's work well-being fund. The topics of the boosts have been chosen to give recognition for the development of the work atmosphere and work culture. Some boosts have been created purely to bring joy. An example of this is the recognition of a “just an awesome person” 

There are always five boosts for each month, and they can be shared as many as one desires. The boosts are given anonymously, so they cannot be used to build a debt of gratitude or for politicking. The boosts pop into the email inbox once a day, and from the Boost Portal, one can see all the boosts accumulated in that particular month at a glance. This leads to insights about one's own role in the work community and may even highlight strengths and qualities that one has not previously thought of. 

The leader of the aforementioned work well-being project, Birgitta Mannila, and the occupational safety representatives Markku Suominen and Ulla Koukkari-Anttonen, have been satisfied with the Boost service. Almost all those boosted have been delighted with the praises they received. “It was great to try out a new encouraging tool in our own work community during the spring. There is never too much joy in work communities”, says Mannila. Suominen and Koukkari-Anttonen praise the anonymity of the Boost service and the fact that the service operates smoothly in a large work community. “We hope that through this, we have been able to provide colleagues with good spirits and thereby the strength to cope in the midst of everyday life”, says Koukkari-Anttonen. In addition to ready-made boosts, it would be nice to include an open boost that everyone could create and target directly to the desired person”, suggests Suominen. 

The Open Boost is now in the pipeline. Thanks to Gradia for the great suggestion 🙂 

Read more about Boost on our website here or book a time directly, and let's get Boost going in your organization too.