“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

― Marcel Proust

Sometimes, it’s the small things that can really brighten up your day. Seeing ducklings on your way to work, a quick catch up with a colleague at the coffee machine, enjoying the sunset with a glass of wine… Taking time to appreciate these things is key for gaining perspective, and at bbd we have the perfect tool that helps us show our appreciation for each other: the humble HighFive.

No, we don’t walk around the office high-fiving (most days), the HighFive is part of an online tool that allows us to give kudos virtually for all to see. You can add comments and emojis, and high five as many people as you want, making the HighFive-ing experience that little more exotic.

When do you give a HighFive?

This varies from person to person, but genuinely, you give a HighFive when you want to show someone that you appreciate them: maybe after a typically hard day where they went above and beyond, or when a challenging project comes to an end and deserves celebration – it could even be for someone just taking their time to check in with you to see how you’re doing when you’re feeling stressed.

Here are a few examples to give some context:

What’s the best way to give a HighFive?

There is no right or wrong way to give a HighFive – every HighFive is different which means the rule is: there are no rules. Add emojis, use inside jokes, sarcasm and wit to your heart’s content. Or, just keep it simple and straight to the point.

Here from our top HighFiver and HighFivee about what HighFives mean to them.

Lauren: Whether you are a top high-fiver or you are the one getting high-fives, it is such an important part of agency culture to be recognised for achieving something great, as individuals and as teams. It’s like a virtual hug!

Conor: I, along with the rest of my lovely team, are so lucky to be supported by such talented and driven creatives, animators, copywriters, developers and client services teams that are very deserving of the praise given – thank you all so much for the continued hard work!

Aidan: I only give High Fives for work that is of the highest standard… Or if I want stir some shit up.

What can we learn from the HighFive?

Seeing the notification popping up on your screen that you’ve been given a HighFive is a joyful experience. If you’re in the office, you will most likely scan the room to find the HighFiver and give them a smile, a thanks or a nod in response. Feeling like you’ve made a positive impact on someone really makes a difference on those frustrating days where nothing seems to go right. One small click can make a big impact, and the power is in our hands.

Imi Byers