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Faculty / Staff Recognition

How Full is Your Bucket?

As Rocky Mountain College employees, we strive to embody the type of community leaders we would like our students to become. That is why we take pride in recognizing one another for the positive acts of kindness, compromises, understandings, and good-doings. 

Staff, faculty and students are growing familiar with the Dipper and the Bucket metaphor (see description below) from the bestseller How Full is Your Bucket?  Filling one aother’s buckets through the giving of drops is our campus wide recognition process. 

Dipper and Bucket Metaphor

Each of us has an invisible bucket. It is constantly being filled or emptied, depending on our daily interactions with others. When our bucket is full we feel great, are productive and make positive impacts. When it is empty we feel down, deflated, and may make negative impacts.

We each also have an invisible dipper. When we do or say things that increase positive emotions in others we use our dipper to fill other’s buckets. Conversely, when we are negative we use our dipper to decrease other’s positive emotions and therefore dip / decrease another’s bucket.

Therefore when we fill others’ buckets, our bucket is also filled. And when we dip from others’ buckets our bucket is emptied in turn. So we face a choice every moment of every day: We can fill one another’s buckets, or we can dip from them. It’s an important choice – one that profoundly influences our relationships, productivity, health, and happiness.

To show your appreciation for another co-worker, please fill out a drop. You can also find hard copies of these downstairs in the Eaton Building next to HR, at Central Operations, and the Library.

How to Write a Drop:

Drops are handwritten, personal messages written on drop-shaped note cards. They are a simple way to share kind words with others, give unexpectedly, and fill someone’s bucket. They must be individual, specific, and deserved. Drops that are not deserved dilute the impact of the drops that are deserved. No one enjoys a hollow compliment. Drops allow you to recognize even the smallest contributions or improvements.

Either deliver the drop personally or place it in that person’s mailbox in Central Operations.