How to use HeyTaco with your team
Four proven strategies from the Founder of HeyTaco to increase your team's success.
Finding a new app for your team can be fun. Saying, "hello taco" to your HeyTaco journey and introducing it to your team is a wonderful moment.
As the founder, I want to help you get the most out of your HeyTaco adventure, whether you're just joining or have already built a thriving taco economy. HeyTaco is so much more than an employee recognition program. It's a fun way to show kindness and gratitude and make connections in the workplace.
After years of experience helping teams apply HeyTaco, here are my top 4 tips for multiplying your taco economy:
1. Tacos are your kindness currency
Each taco is an opportunity to brighten someone's day. Giving tacos with a quick note of appreciation makes the taco meaningful. Tacos instantly make it easier to say kind things that would typically go unsaid. Creating structures to communicate kindness and gratitude in your workplace will create a stronger, happier, more engaged team.
There are plenty of reasons to give tacos. You can give tacos to celebrate a work anniversary, give one for finishing a big project, or give a couple tacos to show appreciation to the person who always lifts the team with their positive attitude. It's a taco fact that successful teams have a higher taco-to-purpose ratio. Make your words purposeful and relevant. Then you'll be a taco superstar!
The first few tacos you give are essential for building a strong foundation for your taco economy. When you give someone a taco for the first time, it sets an example for all the tacos your team will give. If you give tacos without messages, others will likely follow suit. Make peer recognition a piece of your daily routine, and it will become a part of your giving workplace culture. HeyTaco can also be a unique way of reminding your team of your company values and annual vision daily with taco tags.
2. Invite your team with tacos
Start by giving five different people a taco on your first day. Then, let the tacos continue to grow throughout your team organically. Organic participation, simply giving tacos to others, will result in higher engagement.
Here's the truth...
I'm not here for the money. I'm here to help make you and your team more successful. My goal from the beginning has been to construct "feel-good" software people want to use. When people feel good about using something, they use it daily, and it's much more effective.
3. HeyTaco is about having fun
There are several ways HeyTaco makes peer-to-peer recognition fun. For example, leaderboards offer exciting competition that drives engagement and encourages daily giving rituals that bring your team closer together.
I often remind teams that HeyTaco is not for performance reviews or tracking individual performance. After all, we're counting taco emojis here 😉. Instead, HeyTaco is a way to say thanks without making it weird.
If you want to take HeyTaco to the next level and promote a culture of giving, you can enable Giver Mode. Enabling Giver Mode flips peer-to-peer recognition upside down and focuses on taco giving with only a giving leaderboard.
4. Add rewards that won't break the bank
This is one of the most important parts of your team's success with HeyTaco, and an insider secret to employee recognition. Companies with redeemable rewards send 60% more recognition messages than those without. That's a considerable boost in team appreciation! Setting up your rewards can add value to the tacos you give and improve your taco economy outcomes.
You don't need to spend lots of money to create valuable rewards. Some of the best I've seen are low-cost and no-cost rewards. Appreciating your team without money is a game-changer. So don’t feel like you need to break the bank with your rewards. If you’re stuck and want some interesting ideas, you can check out this list of reward ideas to get you started.
Teams often forget to celebrate. Redeeming your tacos for team rewards – small wins or big victories are all reasons to celebrate. Celebrating is a form of gratitude; when we do it together, it's excellent for nurturing our relationships. Building interconnected relationships with your work team is an important part of communicating value to each team member. In fact, there’s entire studies about the importance of employee recognition and appreciation and the positive impact on a team's work environment.
I encourage you to use your tacos every day and lead your team in recognition. Then, when these tacos change your workplace, we will be in fiesta mode alongside you.
If you're not yet using HeyTaco, you can start your free 30-day trial anytime. I guarantee you will see the value daily as you engage with your team using this transformational tool. I hope you enjoy it.