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What is a bucket?

“Bucket” is a simple but effective way for us to express our appreciation to each other and make us feel great about this workplace, we call OISE.

Why do we need a bucket?

Staff at OISE are both dedicated and resilient.  We need to take time to acknowledge the work we do and the positive impact we have on our workplace.  Although a simple concept, our efforts and those of our colleagues may inadvertently go unrecognized as we move from one task to the next, meeting deadlines and demands as they arise.  We have chosen the idea of the "bucket" as the means to achieve this end.

There will be a prize for the first and last submission to the inaugural filling of the bucket.

Where did the concept come from?

Based on the book, “How Full is your Bucket?” by Tom Rath & Don Clifton, each and every one of us has an invisible bucket.  It is constantly emptied or filled, depending on what others say or do to us.  When our bucket is full, we feel great.  When it’s empty we feel awful[1].
Each of us also has an invisible dipper.  When we use that dipper to fill other people’s buckets – by saying or doing things to increase their positive emotions – we also fill our own bucket.  But when we use that dipper to dip from others’ buckets – by saying or doing things that decrease their positive emotions – we diminish ourselves[2].

How do I use the bucket?

Click on the link Send a Comment below or from the CAO home page.  Describe a positive instance or interaction you wish to share with the OISE community.  Submissions will be posted on the CAO website for all to read.  Each comment adds to the bucket until it is full, at which time the contents will be archived and the process will start again.

Fill the Bucket (7): Send a Comment

Date Comment
2012-12-07 The ITE Students were so kind and generous when they surprised the faculty and staff of the Deans Office on 12 with the personal delivery of a handmade gingerbread house. It was such a kind gesture and led to the spontaneous singing of Jingle Bells by those on hand. Our students are the best - thanks to SP6 for thinking of us!
2012-12-06 Excellent work! Appreciate the time and effort of all staff, especially Cheryl to have developed this site. The look and feel is great and the site offers great information at one place in user-friendly way. A great place to view the smiling face of Helen. CONGRATULATIONS!
2012-12-06 This website is a fantastic idea! I am sure I will use it constantly! In fact, forget Google, this will be new homepage. Bessie

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