/r&d-props Slack Command
At Bluecore, we complete surveys about our culture fairly regularly. This happens on a company-wide basis, a department-wide basis, and sometimes on a team-wide basis. Something that kept coming up in the survey results over the past year was that people wanted a stronger culture of recognition.
While this isn’t an easy problem to solve, there is one solution that was easy for me to contribute to. I worked with the Engineering Management to create a Slack Slash Command called /r&d-props.
The /r&d-props Slash Command hits a Zapier endpoint that writes the props-giver, the message, and a timestamp to a shared Google Sheet.
Each week we start our Engineering meeting by going down the list of new props and having each props-giver read out their messages. Adoption of the Command has been great and feedback in more recent surveys directly points to the /r&d-props Command as an improvement in company culture.
In fact, the Slash Command has been so successful that we are about to roll out an individual Command for each department. Not only will this improve the culture of recognition within individual departments, but it will facilitate cross-departmental props!