Building a Collaborative Culture: SBA Celebrates Teamwork with Collaboration Card Program

No one ever gets sick of seeing smiles around the workplace, and who doesn’t smile when they receive an encouraging note or thank you message?

At Steffian Bradley Architects (SBA), we have always taken in pride in our industry recognized collaborative culture, so when the idea of a Collaboration Card Program was mentioned we jumped at the chance to participate.

What is a Collaboration Card Program? Basically, it’s a formal way to acknowledge people who go the extra mile for their project, clients, and/or teams. There are many variations to how a firm can orchestrate a program such as this, but here is how we did it:

1.       Every staff member was given five Collaboration Cards to distribute to coworkers of their choice, with the guideline that they give them to people who had helped them out in some way (i.e. assisted with a Revit issue, stayed late for a deadline, etc.).  The reason could be big or small – anything could be acknowledged! 

2.       Staff members simply filled out the card with their name, wrote a note as to why the person receiving the card is a great collaborator, and distributed them.  

3.       After all the cards had been distributed, names were entered into a raffle to win Amazon Gift Cards. The more Collaboration Cards a person received, the more money they could win in the raffle - and the person who received the most cards would get a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

The raffle winners were: Mark Fobert, Li Brincheiro, Mike McGovern, and Amy Cook. In addition to the raffle, our local Herman Miller/COP rep was kind enough to contribute to the program by donating an item from the Herman Miller Gift of Hope Program:

"At Herman Miller, we donate the fabric that would otherwise go into a landfill to the Haiti Foundation Against Poverty. This fabric is then transformed by the women of Gifts of Hope into bags, portfolio cases, and accessory bags. Each one is unique and comes with the story and image of the woman who created it as well as how this job is changing her life."

The Collaboration Card Program brought so many smiles to the faces of SBA employees that we are looking at continuing and expanding the program in 2017!  

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