I sent out a request for nominations via a non-anonymous google form two weeks before the ceremony was to take place. Now I won’t lie, even at Impraise where we live and breathe feedback it did take a few reminders to get people to submit their nominations. Because each nomination also asked for an example of how the person had upheld the behaviors, it didn’t surprise me that people were putting it in the too hard basket. We’re busy people and only human. I did make sure people were aware that they did not have to force themselves to nominate someone for every category.
The outcome though was amazing. There were almost 150 pieces of feedback provided and it was great to see that more than 3/4 of our people were nominated! I ended up with a large google sheet of nominations of incredible things shared about each other. Manually calculating the number of nominations was honestly one of the most joyous things I’ve done as I got to read some really uplifting feedback.
In case you’re wondering, I didn’t hold on to all that feedback myself. After the award ceremony I shared each piece of feedback with the nominee so they also knew a) they were nominated and b) why. It was a bit time consuming to copy and paste all the feedback together but a very worthwhile experience for me and hopefully the recipients.
Celebrating the 6-Pack Superhero Awards
Following the successful scavenger hunt it was time to grab a beer and give out the prizes.
For the award ceremony I had prepared a script and reached out to six Impraisers, chosen at random, and asked them to each present an award. I’m really glad I did as it gave me some breathing space during the ceremony and I felt it was more valuable seeing other colleagues participating in the award presentation.
Part of the prize pack included a handwritten card with their feedback, their 6-Pack trophy, and a special 6-pack of beers from around the world (because Strength lies in Differences is all about celebrating diversity).
It was so great to see some genuinely surprised recipients of the awards and some heartfelt thank you's were had. Then it was time for a BBQ with family and friends.