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Joy Check-Ins

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Many of us have heard the famous quote by Annie Dillard, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” In fact, Gettysburg College says that we spend at least a third of our lives at work. We can make the assumption based on this, that your job can have a significant impact on the quality of your life.

That’s why we feel so strongly that Monday’s and Friday’s should be treated with the same level of energy and love. Work should be more joyful.

Since we know how important work is on the quality of our lives. We should be incorporating a Joy Check-In.

The goal with these check-ins are to create a space where individuals feel comfortable and safe both expressing and celebrating moments of joy and achievement. They can be structured in team meetings or one-on-one meetings or even a spontaneous conversation during the week.

Sharing positive experiences and hearing positive experiences isn’t just a nice feeling, it’s actually in your brain chemicals too. These moments release hormones that contribute to your wellbeing. These moments bring teams together in a way that extends beyond our to-do lists.

Here are two simple ways to get joy check-ins started at work:

  • Incorporate into your team meetings and do a round of joy check-ins. Ask team members to share one positive thing from their week or day and watch how the tone of your meeting begins to shift.

  • Make use of your Microsoft Teams channels or threads where teams are encouraged to post pictures, stories or updates on their joyful moments.

As teams continue to explore creative ways to boost employee morale and improve relationships, joy check-ins are a great meaningful step towards fostering happy teams and happy families.

Because at the end of the day, work shouldn’t suck. It should be a joyful adventure.


A 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. What brings you joy at work?

  2. How can we get joy check-ins started at work?

  3. In what ways can we incorporate more moments of joy in our daily work routine?


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