A topic that I came across on a Tweet by one of my GURU's (that's Grandwizz Useful Research Unit) was taken and re-entered into one of the company 'thought leadership' groups on LinkedIn. Nothing Earth shattering in that process, however, it has been fascinating seeing how this topic has sparked interest among a 'self-organising' group of people. No need to send emails around the various operating units around the globe to canvas for support - usually resulting in getting someone nominated who is not fully engaged - the Diamond Dogs have formed.
Comprising, me plus;
- Tom - who set the challenge!
Many thanks to all - you know who you are - for the input so far by-the-way.
The challenge has resulted from Tom's use of FourSquare (I'd not used that either - just to let you know how far behind the drag curve I am on these things) where 'badges' can be gained for visiting certain places. Badge collection resulting in gamification of travel. I'm still struggling with FS if truth be told but I can understand the concept of incentives for visiting places - still feels a bit boy scout-ish to me though. The concept of using badges for training and development purposes is well established - few sites listed below for those interested - and widely used in the education field. Our challenge was could we not apply these concepts to our internal activities? Seems like a very reasonable task - how to use non-monetary public recognition awards within the business to help raise staff engagement.
Some of the key requirements - given the topics of previous posts I had to put a few of these down ;)
- must be easy for staff to 'sign-up' to the scheme
- must be accessible to all staff - no inner-circles
- must be recognised across the business
- must be easy to implement
- must be publicly viewable
- must be linked to tangible benefits (e.g. enhanced peer recognition)
- must be cheap (if not free)!
Badge collection site links
A few links if you want to explore further: