It might feel a bit unusual or silly to share how you’re feeling, but there are a lot of benefits to checking in with your team in this way. Perhaps most importantly is that sharing your mood helps to establish an environment of psychological safety.
Psychological safety, or the ability to show emotion without the fear of negative consequences, is essential when it comes to team effectiveness.
Click here to read more about using moods to build psychological safety and team effectiveness.
Using mood check-ins on Range
The red / yellow / green check-in is a personal check-in practice used by individuals on a team to express how they’re showing up for the day or heading into a meeting.
“Red” means you might be feeling distressed or distracted, struggling to focus, or generally anxious, unsettled, or unwell.
“Green” means you’re feeling good. You might be focused, excited, or relaxed. Most of all, you’re ready for the day, discussion, or meeting ahead of you.
“Yellow” means you’re somewhere in between. You might be feeling uncertain or pensive, not altogether certain how you expect your day to go.
If you’re feeling a bit pensive about the day or week ahead of you, then you’re probably operating at “yellow.” And, conveniently, that’s precisely where you’ll find the pensive emoji. 😔
We’ve categorized a handful of go-to emojis for your convenience, but you can select any emoji under any color. So, while you might be nursing a recent injury 🤕, you can still check-in as “green,” letting your team know you’re ready to seize each and every opportunity ahead of you today.
Recent changes to mood check-ins
We’ve recently added red / yellow / green to mood check-ins. Previously, you could only pick a single emoji to represent your mood. Emojis can mean different things to different people. While most of us are likely on the same page about 😁, 😢, and 😡, there are many emojis that can’t so easily be interpreted. The red / yellow / green check-in is a way to clearly contextualize moods in your Check-ins.
We hope that adding the red / yellow / green personal check-in, which prompts everyone to reflect on how they’re showing up for the day, makes Range Check-ins even more valuable for teams.