Julaine Prescher, senior implementation specialist at Interactive Health was “all in” when asked to partner with a client to transform innovative ideas into reality. Together, a worksite challenge to promote gratitude and random acts of kindness was successfully put into action and is now available to all Interactive Health clients.
Julaine shares how she helps our clients
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” – Yoko Ono
As a senior implementation specialist, I work with organizations to build engaging digital worksite challenges and use my prior experience as an account manager to better understand the unique needs of our clients and their members.
Our team had the opportunity to collaborate with a large health system client to create a worksite challenge promoting random acts of kindness among their co-workers and spouses. This client continually looks for new and unique ways to help their co-workers and spouses on their journey to better health. Placing an emphasis on giving back and paying it forward was a natural next step for their program.
Being kind to others and giving back lifts us spiritually and can have an impact on emotional and physical health. Being kind to oneself is also important. A wealth of research has shown the positive effects of self-compassion on numerous aspects of our wellbeing, including a greater life satisfaction, emotional intelligence, interconnectedness with others, wisdom, happiness and optimism.
After several brainstorming sessions, we had the concept in mind and our team set out to create the online Attitude of Gratitude challenge on the Interactive Health member website. We collaborated with the client on evaluation data to be collected, challenge description, daily tasks, website design and articles for the participants to read with topics such as practicing gratitude and the power of optimism.
The Attitude of Gratitude challenge launched in November and over 5,700 individuals signed up to do at least one simple act of kindness for a co-worker, family member, friend, community or oneself for 10 days or more. In addition, participants were encouraged to self-journal daily reflection and lift each other up by using the online message board.
A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions and it is contagious. Sixty five percent of all those who participated in the challenge successfully met the goal and 40% of those who met the goal continued to log additional acts of kindness.
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