With the Alarming changes in global warming within the past three decades, scientists, world leaders, and people alike have been working towards restoring the earth from the effects of human interaction. Due to the pandemic and ongoing demand for hybrid to remote work we witnessed ecosystems slowly but surely restoring themselves and noticed more people living presently and consciously. We have seen an increase in sustainable and minimalist ways of life to better the earth and ourselves as the human species.

Younger generations have inspired companies to care more about the long-term effects of climate change and ways they can get their employees to do their part. These social concerns all point to the need for developing a sustainable app that helps employees check and improve their lifestyles while encouraging support through team-building activities.

Teams that use platforms like need an effective way to track environmental goals without disrupting their day-to-day work duties. The widget we have created provides a platform for sustainable practices while incentivizing engagement in the digital workplace.

Because of the above requirements, we designed our Widget, Green Works, for employees to learn and improve their lifestyle around climate change. The solutions our team came up with were to build a responsive widget in’s marketplace that gamifies incentives focused on sustainable/environmental practices, an interactive pop-up in Monday’s platform, and a dashboard to organize and manage the team’s progress without disrupting workflow.

What it does

Green Works allows team members to choose sustainability tasks they wish to commit to over the course of a month. Each day, team members complete a brief check-in to keep track of their progress. Each task completed counts towards the team's overall goal, which is decided by the team at the start of each period. Should they reach their goals at the end of the month, the team "wins" the prize and they collectively have made progress in addressing climate change.

How we built it

The process followed in the development of this feature was broken down into phases, each of which required a specific set of tasks:

*We started out with a question and a hypothesis *User Interviews *Synthesizing insights *Revised problem statement *Persona + journey map *Design Studio *Wireframe + design + prototyping *Usability Testing *Design Iterations *Pass to code *CSS *HTML

Challenges we ran into

*UX challenges we ran into were mainly around recruiting people to interview or find usability testers. Over the course of the hackathon, we were able to do so but the process was quite slow. *Our color palette needed to be updated to pass accessibility. *We copied the CSS for the text style catalog, and it references the fonts by URL. We didn’t have the fonts and needed to download them. *Trying to find a way to have the widget display across all boards, and debated the decision to have it show up in the dashboard *There was a bug in the code preventing the app from fully functioning in the Monday marketplace

Accomplishments that we're proud of

-initial prototyping did really well in user testing -seamless handoff to our developer

What we learned

-Conducted 10 user interviews via zoom, generated affinity mapping solutions, and the consensus was the following:

  • People care about climate change but don’t know where to start or how they can help.
  • People are more motivated to participate when there is an incentive.
  • People are more motivated to keep going/ stay engaged when they see their progress/ impact.
  • Most people have adopted some form of sustainability practice (recycling, composting, buying local, etc.)
  • Convenience is a major factor that will influence if someone does or does not take part in activities -with 2 rounds of usability through the maze platform, and 30+ participants we made 2 rounds of design revisions but thanks to our coder, we fixed many flaws in our design.

What's next for Green Works

Our intentions for future improvements are the following:

  • Change the disable notification to a timer customized to any user’s liking.
  • Add the icon from board views to the top tab.
  • Fix the functional movement of the widget.
  • Incorporate a baseline calculator displaying carbon footprint emissions and progress in reducing emissions.

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