How to Launch HeyTaco with Your Team

Launching HeyTaco, ie building your Taco Economy, is much like starting a movement - someoneโ€™s gotta start first, and looks like this is YOU :)  A few simple steps, and youโ€™ll be well on your way! 

1. Add HeyTaco to your workspace 

  • You can add HeyTaco to Slack or Microsoft Teams directly on our website.
  • Follow the simple steps to complete the setup.

2. Introduce HeyTaco to your team

There are many ways you can introduce HeyTaco to your teams: from simply launching it to announcing it at your next all-company meeting, there is no wrong way to launch HeyTaco. Below are some ideas and resources on introducing HeyTaco to a team. 

Option a):

  • Allow HeyTaco to introduce itself by sending a welcome message. 
  • Sweet and simple - this is the route most teams choose. It is very light on the admin, and the welcome message shares everything your team needs to know to start using HeyTaco.

Option b):

  • Introduce HeyTaco at your next All Company meeting and let everyone know what tacos are about. Follow the introduction by sending a taco in the channel where HeyTaco is living. 

Note: The key to people adopting HeyTaco is for you (and the rest of the team driving this initiative) to give your tacos away to different people every day. If you only add HeyTaco to Slack/Microsoft Teams without actually giving a taco, people wonโ€™t know what to do. Leading by example is key for the early success of HeyTaco. 

3. Highlight your top taco givers

What you want people to do when launching HeyTaco is to GIVE recognition. Celebrating top weekly/monthly taco givers (as shown on the leaderboard) highlights the action you want everyone to take which is to give a taco. Givers are the ones who are driving your culture of gratitude forward and making gratitude a habit. Recognize those top givers at your All Company meeting, or in a weekly newsletter/message to the whole team. 

4. Add fun rewards (in a while...)

We recommend waiting to add rewards for two reasons: A) people will have fun with HeyTaco as is, and introducing rewards too early could make your recognition program become transactional. People will view rewards as an incentive to engage, and from what we have seen in our 8 years of running HeyTaco - people donโ€™t need an incentive to share nice things with their colleagues. By waiting to add rewards, rewards become a celebration for a strong taco economy, maintaining the intrinsic value of sharing recognition. B) Waiting to add Rewards will allow you to price them better because you will have a chance to see how many tacos are in circulation (ie how many tacos your team has accumulated). 

Once you are ready to add Rewards, we recommend starting with one or two. Here are some fun reward ideas we have seen people succeed with over the years. 

Voila! You have started a movement - now give out your tacos and watch your taco economy grow! ๐ŸŒฎ And if you are curious on how to continue using HeyTaco effectively, check out our advice here.


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