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    This is basically a jerking circle. The claim is that forcing each person to thank another person would make employees more productive.

    Additionally, he claims giving participation trophy is bad. But making everybody says “i really appreciate you for fixing bug #xyz” to another is good. This compulsory everybody appreciation day is public. And if you cannot figure out who to thank, then this PROVES that you should not be in the company, or as he more politely says “then why are you on the team?”

    The person then says that he knows everybody is genuine (threat of termination not withstanding) because he knows politics when he sees it. I think this is delusional.

    Enforced kindness is a pointless endeavour. Kindness has no meaning if it’s not genuine. Applying a quota on it would destroy devalue actual kindness, as it would make it harder to know its genuine. I would not want to participate in this jerking circle. I consider it cultish behaviour and a huge red flag.

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      The claim is that forcing each person to thank another person would make employees more productive.

      I think low morale has a negative impact on productivity. This is not exactly a groundbreaking idea.

      And if you cannot figure out who to thank, then this PROVES that you should not be in the company

      I didn’t say it proves anything. It’s a signal though.

      The way you’ve emphasised the word “proves” suggests that I actually wrote that, whereas I did not actually write that. Anybody can read the [very short] article and see that I did not write that. Not only are you being extremely rude, but you’re also arguing against a straw man.

      The person then says that he knows everybody is genuine because he knows politics when he sees it

      That’s not what I said at all. I don’t know why you’re so hostile, and I also don’t know how you’ve so poorly inferred all of this from what I wrote.

      I think most people know when gratitude they receive is not genuine. This process is for the benefit of everyone. It is absolutely not a way to help me determine who should be under “threat of termination”! 😳

      Kindness has no meaning if it’s not genuine

      Yes. I agree. That’s why I wrote words to that effect in the article. Again, how the hell did you manage to read everything I wrote so uncharitably?

      Jesus Christ man. You think what I wrote is a red flag?!

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        I think low morale has a negative impact on productivity. This is not exactly a groundbreaking idea.

        I think forcing people to have unnecessary rituals has a negative impact on morale.

        I didn’t say it proves anything. It’s a signal though.

        When the CTO (I assume you) says something, the strength is multiplied. So a “would you like to help me with this?” is not the same as when it comes from a friend or a colleague.

        This process is for the benefit of everyone….it is absolutely not a way to help me determine who should be under “threat of termination”!

        Imagine you are an employee. Imagine you hate this ritual. You think it is pointless as phoning the electricity company every month to thank them for keeping the light on. Then you read a blog by the CTO that people who can’t find somebody to thank should rethink their place there. Then the CTO asks you if you enjoy the ritual, what would you say?

        Jesus Christ man. You think what I wrote is a red flag?!

        I think a ritual where everybody is forced to thank another person is weird and cultish. I think gratitude is pointless if it’s not genuine. Forcing people to say thank you incentivises non-genuineness. It also indicates that there’s a good chance that management has its head in the cloud.

        Try running an anonymous survey on whether or not people want to keep doing it. You might be surprised.

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          I think forcing people to have unnecessary rituals has a negative impact on morale.

          You don’t know the culture in the company. You don’t know the people in the company. Meetings in this particular company are not compulsory. If anyone is not comfortable with this meeting, they are free to not attend, without judgement. This is repeatedly made explicit within the company.

          Furthermore, given that you have failed to accurately read the very basic English that I wrote in the article as evidenced by your straw man arguments, I have absolutely no faith in your ability to somehow intimate the sentiments of people who you don’t know and have never met.

          I think gratitude is pointless if it’s not genuine.

          I have already addressed this. Twice. Poor memory? Or are you just bad at reading?

          Try running an anonymous survey on whether or not people want to keep doing it. You might be surprised.

          Sure, I might be. Also, you might be. Unless somehow you believe you speak for everyone else. Which would be extremely arrogant.

          You also assume that I haven’t already run a survey like this before.

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            You also assume that I haven’t already run a survey like this before.

            Have you?

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              I have been on a team of roughly the same size before that used the same process. After reviewing our approach, one person on the team said they didn’t like it because it was unnecessary, and asked that we stop doing it, and we stopped.

              Then everyone else missed doing it (and no, I wasn’t a manager at the time, so this can’t be me being “delusional” as you have called me), and so it was brought back.

              The one person who didn’t like it decided that they didn’t want to join those meetings at all, and that was also fine. That person is liked and appreciated by all in that company.

              In my current company, I happen to know that everyone enjoys this process, though we are also still relatively small. Again — as I addressed in the article — the motivator for doing this in this company was that lack of social interaction was a common complaint.

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      • I agree this is off-topic but nevertheless interesting approach to help people to communicate with each other. This is specially important in now a days where everyone is remote.
      • My take would, I will run this idea; but I will not force everyone to speak and thanks to another person. Rather keep it voluntary and let people come forward.

      Thanks for sharing. Hoping one day I will put it in practice as I create something of my own :-)

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