If you’re reading this article it may well be in an effort to a) avoid work b) reinvigorate your mind c) keep you awake during the afternoon work slump. As much as I appreciate the read, we must face the facts; you’re bored, disengaged, unproductive—you’re procrastinating. We all do it for various reasons and to varying degrees but it’s our lack of motivation and disinterest in work that often sends us careening mindlessly about the Internet. For business owners, this means an office full of cranky zombies and a bunch of money down the toilet. So how can employers drag their staff out of the procrastination fog and into the now? By using motivational apps, of course.
Show me the money! recognition!
Some argue that cash incentives are the key to increasing employee productivity. Not so. Data presented by McKinsey & Company Quarterly shows that autonomy, attention from leadership, opportunities to lead and a sense of purpose hold higher value than a raise or some stock options. As it turns out, the best way to motivate and engage employees is for managers to give praise and recognize their efforts. Acknowledge, appreciate, say thank you—just like you’re mother told you.
Developers seem to have caught on and as such, “recognition” or motivational apps are everywhere. They allow anyone (managers) to express gratitude privately and publicly for a job well done. Motivational apps like iAppreciate and Achievers are great ways for managers to amp up performance by letting staff know they’re valued and important.
How bad is it?
It’s pretty bad. A 2012 survey conducted by Manpower Groups’, Right Management, aimed at evaluating overall job dissatisfaction among U.S. workers found that 65% of respondents were not happy at work and therefore disengaged. Disengaged workers mean reduced productivity to the tune of $350 billion dollars each year. And it gets worse. According to a report commissioned by The Conference Board, there has been an 18.9% decrease in interest in work and 61.1% decrease in overall job satisfaction between 1987 and 2009. This is a recipe for disaster.
In 2012 cloud computing provider, SalesForce.com released the cloud-based application Work.com designed to track goal setting, performance and feedback-facilitating communication and information exchange between staff and employers. SalesForce.com Exec John Wookey says “Work.com performance reviews are about the content, and it provides a single place where a manager can pull all the information—from feedback, recognition and coaching notes, to goals and key results—to have a simple, content-rich and relevant conversation or performance review at any time.” In other words, if you’re miserable and unproductive, it’s going to come up in conversation.
Motivational apps can improve team work
It’s tough to admit but connecting with others and accomplishing tasks as a team is good for us. Working with others can produce better outcomes and ideas while providing a sense of mutual support and shared accomplishment. Groups who are not so cohesive can improve their connections and their work with motivational apps that allow members to post projects, goals and updates for all to see. One of the motivational apps that does just that is iDoneThis. Team members can keep informed, receive reminders or send encouragement all in one place. This sneaky and motivating tool shows team members what their colleagues have accomplished while teaching better communication—all this without the added hassle of extra meetings!
Now, close your browser and get back to work writing an employee engagement plan for your group. You may just be rewarded with praise!