One of our team members was recently reading "The Happiness Advantage" by Shawn Achor. In the book, Achor mentions several issues with the modern workplace mentality, and how managers were often not focusing enough on their employees' happiness and well-being. One large principle affecting happiness was "The Tetris Effect," which highlights the brain's flexibility to identify a specific aspect of a situation after frequent encounter and repetition. Likewise, a workspace can also fall prey to The Tetris Effect with ubiquitous negative comments, such as the constant demand for more and the criticism from not achieving enough. We believe that this negative mindset leads to many cases of poor well-being, stress, and burnout, and thus created an app to help counter a negative workspace atmosphere, promoting positivity and focusing on the positive elements of fellow co-workers, ultimately providing more motivation and fueling higher concentrations of productivity in the long run.
What it does
In the workspace, people give more negative criticisms than they do positive compliments. So, we decided to make an app that would allow co-workers to show their appreciation for each other, rewarding those that have a positive attitude with compliments.
How we built it
We used Android Studio and Java.
Challenges we ran into
There were a lot of bugs and issues that we faced with the UI of our application. It was especially difficult to debug given our limited knowledge of Android development at the time.