The way it works:
This fishbowl sits at our main nurses' station. If my coworker does something I feel should be recognized I will write her name on a fish and a brief description of what she did. Then I put it in the fishbowl. At our monthly unit meetings our manager picks out several names from the fishbowl, reads their contributions, and awards a giftcard of some sort. (Prior to implementing this I did get approval from my manager so that prizes would be available.)
The idea is easily modified and you don't have to use a Cricut to cut out the fish (or whatever design your choose to use), any diecutting or similar machine should work. Just make sure the resulting shape is big enough for people to write on.
Other ideas: golden coins/nuggets into a pot o' gold, or even just peices of paper into a basket - the nice thing about this design is that you can see it as it fills up, and its visibility reminds us to utilize it. :-)
Clean glass fishbowl
pretty rocks for the bottom
fishy signs to mount inside the bowl (I cut these out by hand, and then after these I decided to use a Cricut)
a plant (optional, but it looks fun)
blank paper fish
*Since some may already know how to use a Cricut, I will show how to cut out the shapes using a Cricut at the end of this instructable.
Step 1: Put It All Together.
Mount the fishy signs to the rear of the INSIDE of the fishbowl (so you can see what they say through the glass).
Add the plant.
Get your fishy cutouts and start recognizing your coworkers!
Continue on for in-depth instructable on using the Cricut.
Step 2: Assemble Cricut and Supplies
12x12 cutting mat
Animal Kingdom cartridge
some bright paper (8.5 x 11)
Step 3: Install Cartridge, Turn Cricut On.
Turn on the cricut.
Place paper on cutting mat.
Line up cutting mat in front of cricut.
Step 4: Load Paper.
Step 5: Set Paper Size.
Then click "Set Paper Size.
Step 6: Select Image.
Also, since I am only cutting one image that will not have to be sized in relation to other images, I clicked the "Real Dial Size". That allows me to specify the size of the image in 1/4" increments using the dial on the right-hand side located to the right of the font cartridge. For my fish I chose 2 1/4".
Then click the fish.
Step 7: Auto Fill, Cut, and Enjoy!
If you are ok with that then press the Cut button and let the Cricut go to work.
(If you notice that there is a problem you can press the STOP button at any time.)
When the Cricut stops cutting. Press the Unload Paper button and the paper will be ejected back toward you.
Then carefully peel your images off of the cutting mat. (Cricut sells a tool set which includes a spatula which can be helpful with this, depending on how thick your paper is.) I use a letter opener if I have to but I usually don't have any difficulty getting the paper up.
When you get them all peeled of the cutting mat take them to work, place them near the fishbowl, and start recognizing your coworkers!