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Gifting Pebbles

Portrait of Male King Penguin in Antarctic Penguin Colony

In Antarctica, male penguins perform a significant (and charming) ritual: they gift pebbles to their chosen mates. This seemingly simple act of gifting a pebble symbolizes love, care, commitment and the start of building a nest together.

And although this may sound whimsical, these small simple gestures profoundly impact team morale and the workplace environment. Recognizing someone’s efforts with a personalized note, celebrating milestones and achievements, acknowledging the effort that someone put into a project, can go a long way in building a positive and engaged team.

The act of gifting a pebble is all about building trust and strengthening bonds. The humble penguin’s act is a good reminder how we can build a strong, appreciative workplace culture even through small gestures. Pebbling is done for connection. For penguins, the pebbles aren’t just random stones, they are building blocks and a sign of nurturing a next together. By choosing the best pebble, a penguin is actually showing dedication and effort to building a strong bond.

Who sends you the best pebbles at work?


Team Human Conversation

Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick-start your conversation.

  1. How do you currently recognize and celebrate the small but meaningful contributions of your team members, and how can you incorporate more personalized gestures of appreciation into your leadership style?

  2. What specific steps can you take to build a supportive and nurturing work environment, similar to the way penguins build their nests with pebbles?

  3. In what ways do you think small, thoughtful actions can improve trust and morale within your team, and how might you implement more of these actions in your daily interactions with your team members?


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