How it contributes to an engaged team: One unique thing about TINYpulse is its anonymity. “The feedback is unfettered, honest; even with a manager whose ‘door is always open,’” the anonymity built into the platform breaks down employees’ timidity when making suggestions or answering a question such as: “On a scale of 1 to 10, how connected do you feel to your coworkers?” The app’s Cheers for Peers function is its most popular as a way to give praise where it’s due. “This is also a great way for managers to interact with employees,” McNamara says.
Tools to address work-life balance
Perkbox provides employers with the opportunity to show their team how valuable they are to the company’s success. It does this through the provision of an employee engagement platform that drives financial, physical and emotional wellbeing.
How it works: Perkbox is a cloud-based employee engagement platform that employers and employees can set up and access anytime, anywhere through their desktop and mobile handset. When an employer signs up, the company sends through a lot of marketing material including posters and brochures to help drive awareness of Perkbox inside their workplaces.
According to Chopra, “By offering more than 200 salary-stretching perks, including a number of free perks such as free movies on demand, free phone insurance, half-price cinema tickets, discounts at 30,000 high-street and online stores, and leading restaurant chains, we help employees deliver savings of over £800/year on an average.” The program also boasts a fully integrated Rewards and Recognition platform that encourages peer-to-peer and top-down recognition–both powerful tools of employee motivation. Its wellness platform promotes physical wellbeing.
How it contributes to an engaged team: “The main quantitative feedback that we receive from our happy customers from an employer perspective is around reduction in employee turnover, a decrease in absenteeism, and an increase in the number of employee referrals leading to an overall reduction in recruitment costs.” One of Perkbox’s clients, Next Stage Ltd, saw a reduction in turnover rates from 58% to 14% in just 6 months while employee referrals rocketed from 5% to 43%. The word from customers is also positive, with many noting more “buzz” in the workforce and increased motivation and collaboration.
Of course, tools alone won’t bridge the engagement gap. Shane Metcalf at 15Five reminds leaders that engagement measuring tools provide a “jumping off point for deeper conversations…the human side of it is really the other coin.” Identifying a problem via survey? Take a “We” focused approach rather than one rooted in “Us vs. Them,” urges Ambalvanan. Time to act, follow up with your employees, and demonstrate your genuine care via action. Bingo! You’ve reinforced the engagement framework.