Here’s How It’s Like to Work at SelfDrvn

Here’s How It’s Like to Work at SelfDrvn

SelfDrvn. Enterprise.

 

If that combination of words does not intrigue you even in the slightest, you’re lying. That was my exact thought when I first heard of the very much “self-driven” company I now work for. I did not know what to really expect from a company that offered a product to solve “employee engagement”, it was a term I never came across before. After an enlightening interview with the CEO, Mun Choong, it was clear to me his passion for helping organizations nurture their most prized assets – their employees. A simple role of Marketing Executive suddenly meant more to me – it meant I would play a part in advocating the need for engaging employees, an increasing concern especially for the swelling ranks of fellow Millennials about to enter the workforce.

 

I can say, with confidence, that my time here has been a boundary-shattering experience (I’ve only been working for 2 months). I was pushed off my comfortable perch and challenged to deliver. I became an information sponge, soaking up all the industry know-how with the help of my amicable colleagues, who always took the time to guide me when I needed a hand. It was deeply exciting to find out what our client’s problems were, and to see their stellar reviews after our gamified platform resolved their engagement issues through digitization of HR processes. Notice how I’ve not even mentioned the office yet (which is spectacular), since I was working in an environment that was so fast-paced and rewarding to appreciate it fully.

Here's How It's Like to Work at SelfDrvn

Our SelfDrvn team!

 

The Space

Don’t worry, here are some snippets of the spectacular office I was mentioning earlier:

 

Here's How It's Like to Work at SelfDrvn

 

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Games area.

 

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The pantry.

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Nap room!

 

What We Are About

 

You may be wondering what the name is all about. When I joined the company, I was amazed to notice how autonomous everyone was. The systems implemented here ensured that work was directed to the relevant person through a digital board, and tasks were completed enthusiastically. That was in part due to the “goal-setting” function on our app, which rewards employees with points for every milestone achieved (yes, we are model users of our platform).

 

In today’s world, the needs of employees are changing. What is exciting about SelfDrvn is its ability to cater to every single one of those changing needs. Employees want to contribute to meaningful goals, work autonomously, have an avenue for continuous feedback, and essentially want more from a job than a simple paycheck and bonus. Check out our gamified platform if you don’t believe me! These values are also embedded in our work culture, making the company a great place for fresh ideas, and open-minded people to work in.

 

Closing Thoughts

 

According to Aristotle, “pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work”. There is no better real-life example of this than in SelfDrvn. When you put together a young, self-driven team working towards a common goal, you get an intuitive, gamified solution that will bring positive disruption to the status quo of how employees perform, and are kept happy at work.

 

All-in-all, it’s been an exhilarating ride working at a high-tech company, surrounded by devoted and warm team members. I quote Steve Jobs, “the only way to do great work, is to love what you do”, and that is what you’ll find in SelfDrvn.

5 Ways to Show Your Employees Some Appreciation This Raya

5 Ways to Show Your Employees Some Appreciation This Raya

People crave recognition and understanding.

 

It’s often the case that we’re more comfortable focusing on the negatives, what we don’t have and on what doesn’t work than we are on appreciating the positives, what we do have and on what does work. It is because of our brain’s negativity bias, our way of keeping ourselves out of harm’s way. 

 

Naturally, if we are open to the idea of showing appreciation, it would be significantly easier if it was in relation to people we loved and cared for. In the corporate arena, it is even more challenging to show others a sense of appreciation for who they are and what they do. Do they need this? Well, ask yourself what happened the last time someone noticed something positive you did or said and mentioned it to you or others? How did it make you feel? The fact is that everyone craves not only to be understood but to be appreciated. The workplace is an environment we devote the best hours daily and also, the best years of our lives. With so much of ourselves invested in our jobs, it’s only natural that understanding, recognition and appreciation be some of the things we focus on as both giver and receiver. 

 

This Raya, let’s look at a few simple yet effective ways we can show others that we appreciate them. 

 

Raya gift hamper

 

  1. A Raya gift hamper.
     
     
    The store-bought ones are easy, convenient and presented beautifully but you could easily assemble one yourself to suit your budget and to bring a level of personalisation to the task. Remember that it’s not the size that counts – what matters is the thought that goes into the gift.  

 

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  1. The green packet.
     
     
    Originating in the East, the red envelope or ang pow has been adopted also by other cultures including the Malay Muslims especially as part of the Eid al-Fitr, or Hari Raya,  The difference is that instead of red, green packets are used, for its traditional association with Islam. Again, in a corporate setting, where numbers may be greater than in a family, this may place a lot of financial pressure on the giver but the focus is on the act of giving as opposed to the size of the gift. It’s an opportunity to get to know your colleagues a little better and these packets can be given to your colleagues’ kids. 

 

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  1. Put old grudges to rest. 
     
     
    This is perhaps truly invaluable for it provides a chance to reset and renew. Sometimes, when enough time has gone by, you can forget the reason for any fallout in the first place, with pride and ego keeping things as they are unnecessarily. In the spirit of renewal and forgiveness, the first step you take to start again, to forgive or ask for forgiveness can be indeed powerful and priceless. 

 

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  1. A simple thank you note.
     
     
    The handwritten ones on a thoughtfully worded card or beautiful parchment may blow the receiver away. In the age of always on, social media, pings and waves, the time taken to craft something longer than a quick phrase and emoticon may indeed have the impact desired. Recognition beyond any expectation.  The cost? Maybe ten dollars. The effect?  

 

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  1. Organised free rides home.
     
     
    This would be particularly appreciated by those who rely on public transport. A free ride home, organised in advance, is a signal that you understand the individual circumstances and needs. A simple touch that can go a long way, this is once again a quick and easy to do step that can have tremendous impact. 

 

Showing appreciation is simple. Make it about the person and their circumstance because often, the fact that it’s not a one size fits all approach is what makes it golden. Keep things simple because it works. And engagement, empowerment, recognition, reward and appreciation are not the purview of the employer alone. Every one of us is part of our organisational loop, being affected by and affecting others which means we ourselves can and should show appreciation to those within our circles of influence. 

 

On behalf of SelfDrvn, we would like to wish all Muslims, Selamat Hari Raya dan Maaf Zahir dan Batin. To all non-Muslims, wishing you all a wonderful break and happy holidays this festive period. 

How Can Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Help You?

How Can Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Help You?

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides professional counseling where you may address a wide range of personal issues in an environment of understanding and strict privacy.

It provides you with confidential, professional consultation for problems and challenges you may be experiencing.

If you’re wondering whether EAP is for you or not, here are three benefits of using an EAP:

Identify Mental Health Conditions

It had almost been a month that Reena was not her chirpy self. She didn’t feel like getting out of bed, was feeling irritable at the drop of a hat and on most days, didn’t want to meet anyone. Till one day, one of her colleagues suggested she take some help. Upon her insistence, Reena visited her EAP counselor.

After a one hour conversation, her counselor helped her understand that she was exhibiting symptoms of depression. More than anything else, Reena was relieved to hear that there was a name to her mood issues and that it was treatable. She started working with her counselor, learnt new mood management skills and built an internal system of taking care of her mental health. Within 2 months she could take back control and her depression was much more manageable.

This is not just Reena’s story. We’ve met countless such clients, who have benefited by learning about their mental health conditions and working on them.

Resolve Every Day Life Challenges

An unresolved conflict with spouse, challenges faced as a working mother, loss of interest at work, irritability without any reason or feeling under-confident at meetings! Everyday life presents us with many such challenges.

More often than not, we have the resources to handle such challenges. It could be our own coping mechanisms, speaking with a friend or consulting a colleague.

But sometimes that might not be enough. A colleague could have a conflict of interest, a supervisor might be hard pressed for time or a loved one might not be able to understand your work situation. You might need a different perspective, an objective analysis or a patient listener. Your EAP counselor can support with all of this and help you alleviate your every day life stress.

Learn New Skills

Have you ever felt you can’t concentrate on anything? You can learn mindfulness techniques to live in the present moment.

Do you want to feel more confident? Learn exercises such as power posing to feel powerful from within.

Or are you struggling with your spouse’s anger issues? Assertiveness skills will come in handy.

These are just some examples. Your EAP can help you learn behavioral skills to level up your work and personal life.

 

Source: Santulan

The New Principles of Work-Life Balance

The New Principles of Work-Life Balance

As Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Airlines puts it brilliantly, “Some of my best ideas have come from engaging my children in conversations about work.

Today, no more do you look at 9 to 5 as work hours. The earlier distinction between “my time” and “company time” seems to have vanished. However, the concept of work life balance has evolved just as much as the concept of work; into a new reality. Since it is more about choice, on the way to work, you have the choice to listen to music, attend to work calls, or do nothing at all.

In light of this new reality, if we still try the balancing act of the old way, it’s outright dangerous. So what’s our new need? In fact, there are two of them:

 

#1 Feeling in Control

We need to feel in control of our time and lives. That feeling of the whole world’s weight falling on your delicate shoulders comes when you don’t know how your time just went by.

#2 Energy Matching

The changing work environments require that rather than matching time, we match our energy levels with tasks at hand. As rightly put by the authors of The Power of Full Engagement

Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance.

With this clarity of concept, the question is, what are some concrete skills you need?

For us at Santulan, science is the driving force. That is the reason why we bring you not a set of tips, but an elaborate system of skills that will help you cater to these new needs of the new reality.

 

Skill No. 1 – A Science Based EDS

Not all hours are created equal in a day. There are times when our energy is at its highest, and then there are times when we need to recharge. We all have some kind of an “every-day” schedule. But to make it energy efficient, try the science based Every Day Schedule (EDS) which has five components.

Part 1: Morning Routine

Whether one is a morning person, or more of a night owl, we all start our day at some point. While there is no ideal morning routine, research shows that there are a few items we need to include to be able to start our morning off on the right foot.

But firstly, why do we even need a morning routine?

According to Steve Kay, Director of Convergent Biosciences at the University of Southern California – most adults perform their best cognitive work late in the morning.

A morning routine occupying the first 30-120 minutes after waking up, helps you arrive at your peak performing hours, in the right mindset.

Additionally, you also get the benefit of the Endowment Effect, which explains that if you’ve already started the day by moving your life forward, you’ve established positive momentum, and are more likely to keep doing positive things.

And not to forget that sense of control that you get over your day! A nurturing morning routine gives you something to hold on to, and a sense of normalcy to root yourself within.

Now moving on to crafting your morning routine.

Research shows having any/all/some of these items helps us start our morning off on the right foot.

  1. Drinking water and eating a nourishing breakfast
  2. Exercising for around 30 minutes
  3. Reading a book
  4. Meditating
  5. Having a light chat with your partner

 

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And in equal measure, it’s important to avoid rushing through your morning and checking your phone. It’s basically that time, before things start getting into motion.

Part 2: Protected Hours

Shallow work stops you from getting fired — but deep work is what gets you promoted.” – Cal Newport

Answering calls, responding to emails, and attending meetings is all work, but not result-oriented work, nor do they represent work that will take you to the next level.

The second part of your EDS is what your morning routine leads you to. It’s a pre-decided amount of time dedicated to the most important work, away from any other distractions.
Imagine working on a project in an environment where your phone is ringing off the hook, colleagues are passing by to say “hi”, and you can see a pile of emails rising by the hour.

Would you be able to concentrate on your work to the best of your capabilities now?

Most likely not!

All these distractions will definitely impact your output.

Setting protected hours for yourself essentially eliminates these distractions in order to enrich your performance to the maximum. This is the time when you push yourself to your limits and get some real work done, against all busy work like checking emails or answering calls.

In fact, research shows that we tend to be most productive 2.5 to 4 hours after we wake up. Hence it would be fair to reason out that protected hours scheduled in this time window are likely to be most productive.

The truth of the matter comes down to the fact that we may find ourselves busy all the time. But for how much of that time, are we really doing work that gives us guaranteed results?

Real work is fully results-oriented work while pseudo- or busy work tends to make you feel like you are working without actually producing much results. Thus, rather than thinking of protected hours in terms of amount of time, it would be beneficial to think of them in the context of result-oriented tasks done in a distraction-free environment.

Part 3: Regroup

Oh how wonderful it would be if we could work infinitely and get all our work done at one stretch, right? No matter how we dislike it, it cannot be denied that we are humans who cannot work tirelessly with the same efficiency all throughout.

These efficiency dips are not the end of the world. All you have to do is take a break – do something that lets you gather your thoughts without being too involved or too detached from the task at hand. Some ideas for regrouping are:

  • Eating mindfully
  • Going for a short walk outside
  • De-cluttering a drawer

The big idea here is to not keep working just because you don’t want to take a break, or you want to just finish it off. Rather, value “regrouping” as an essential part of your day. On some days you might need more than one regrouping. Just acknowledge it, and use it to guide yourself back.

Part 4: Busy Work

This is that time when you sort out the work that you think keeps you busy without challenging your intellectual capacity too much. This may include some repetitive chores

  • Filling in the already available data in an excel
  • Responding to emails
  • Scheduling meetings, phone calls

You get the idea!

Try to fit it into the afternoon window. Most of us experience an energy slump in the afternoon. So this time is best used for tasks that take up more time than energy.

Part 5: Recharge

And last but definitely not the least, don’t forget to recharge. Allowing time to recharge is as important as any other aspect of the EDS. After all, it is vital that we fuel the body that works up a sweat.

“It’s important not to be so immersed in your work that there isn’t anything else. Taking care of your body and your mindset, carving out time to be with your family, doing things that recharge you — these all make you more productive in the end.”

– Frits Van Paasschen, Former CEO, Starwood Hotels

Wait a second before you put that TV on to recharge. There is a science to it. And that is our skill #2.

 

Skill #2: Scheduling Free Time

Give this a thought – a day when you have no tasks to plan, no targets to achieve, a holiday or a Sunday if you will.

What would you like to do on such a day?

Most of us are likely to say “Just watch some TV, catch up on all my social media, maybe some lazing around in bed.” Yes, it’s natural to feel that way after a hectic workweek.

But here’s some food for thought.

All that TV you watched is probably just making you feel a little less upbeat.

The truth is we do easy things like watching TV, or idling around the house because that’s what they are – easy! They don’t require much effort but the problem is they don’t make us truly happy.

Researchers found that the majority of the subjects they studied were not able to identify anything they had done recently to try to increase their happiness or life satisfaction.

–  100 Simple Secrets of the Best Half of Life: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It

Active leisure” is truly enjoyable but it requires more initial effort. In a study of teenagers it was found that they were 2.5 times more likely to experience elevated enjoyment when engaged in a hobby, compared to watching TV, and three times more likely when playing a sport.

The key is to overcome that inertia because as humans we are naturally drawn to things that are easy.

However, even if things may seem difficult initially, you can be sure that they will add value to your life. For example, getting up early to go cycling, stepping out of the house to attend a cooking class, or getting the car out to go to the sports ground.

All said and done, you may ask what good is planning even a no-work day?

Where is the spontaneity?

Well, research strongly points to the fact that people who schedule their free time are likely to lead a better quality life than those who don’t.

There is a strong co-relation between managing your free time and the quality of your life.

According to the American Psychological Association, the least effective ways of spending your free time are gambling, shopping, smoking, drinking, mindless eating, playing video games, surfing the Internet, and watching TV or movies for more than two hours.

But why do we still do these activities despite them not making us truly happy?

In the words of Harvard Researcher, Daniel Gilbert,  We’re terrible at accurately remembering how things made us feel in the past, so we make bad choices regarding the future.” 

This innate human behavior makes it imperative that we actively schedule our free time.

So what are some active leisure activities?

Here are some suggestions from the American Psychological Association:

  • Spending time with friends (Research shows that increasing your social time by 1.7 hours raises average happiness by 2%.)
  • Exercising or playing sports

  • Praying or attending a religious service

  • Reading

  • Listening to music

  • Getting a massage

  • Going outside for a walk

  • Meditating or doing yoga

  • Spending time with a creative hobby. 

  • Mastering existing skills (For example, if you’re a good cook, then learning a new dish will help you feel rejuvenated.

 

 

Skill #3: Rituals

The Oxford Dictionary defines a ritual as a series of actions, or type of behavior that is regularly and invariably followed by someone.

Harvard Professor Francesca Gino has researched extensively on the power of rituals. According to Gino, rituals can help in four ways:

  • Enjoy happy moments better
  • Manage stressful situations
  • Stop procrastinating
  • Increase your productivity

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Here are 4 different types of rituals that you need to develop for yourself:

R1# Savoring Rituals

This could be something that helps you bring more joy to activities that may seem mundane. What it essentially does is it helps you enjoy the moment you are in.

Vishal, for example, loves to have his protein-filled breakfast of eggs after his workout.

Now he doesn’t eat those eggs just any how! He has developed a very specific ritual that he finds enjoyable – he boils them only for 8 minutes, not a minute more not a minute less, then cuts them in slices, just the way he likes it and then eats them only in his favorite bowl, relishing the taste fully.

He believes the whole process and not just eating eggs, helps him immensely in starting his morning on a good note.

Other examples of savoring rituals are:

  • Shutting off your phone every time you enter a party, signaling to yourself that now you’re in party mode!
  • Sharing the day’s happenings with a loved one every evening.
  • Spending half an hour every morning with your pet.

We all know there are things which make us feel happy. But the big idea here is to be AWARE of your savoring rituals so that you can use them more often.

R2# Stress Rituals

What do you do when you feel stressed?

Curl up in bed and hope for it to pass?

Or eat whatever comes your way?

Or vent your irritation at whoever crosses your path?

Try developing a stress ritual for such times.

According to Francesca Gino, having a set of rituals that you follow during tough times can help you get back that sense of CONTROL. It can help reduce the stress associated with the task or the situation.

It can be anything from:

  • Expressive writing to get it all out of your system
  • Going to a place that calms you down like a park or a coffee shop
  • Speaking with your spouse about the stressor to get a different perspective

 

R3# Peak Performance Rituals

There are times when you need the best of yourself. For example, before an important presentation, or while crunching numbers that will change the course of your organization, or an important sales pitch, or any other high stakes situation.

Unfortunately, there could be times when you’re not in that “frame of mind.” To enable peak performance at such times, rituals can help by making you feel calmer and more confident.

Some of our favorite peak performance rituals are:

  • Listening to a pre-designed playlist: We have a set of 12 songs that we listen to before we face an audience.
  • Dancing: Grooving to Sya’s Cheap Thrills, not only cheaply excites us, but also readies us for peak performance.
  • Power posing: Expanding your body for even as little as 2 minutes can help you generate the power hormone called testosterone, and make you feel more confident from within. Watch this video to better understand power posing.

R4# Anti-Procrastination Rituals

If we can overcome that innate desire to procrastinate, a lot of our problems related to work-life balance will be resolved on their own.

Rituals can help overcome procrastination.

According to Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, our goal should be to develop a ritual which gets our mood going because procrastination usually happens because of a bad mood, or “not feeling up to it.”

What are some anti-procrastination rituals that you can develop? Here are some examples from our own lives:

  • Reading for one hour on general topics before writing
  • Laying out yoga attire the night before
  • Breaking down a long to-do list into small tasks before starting

One of our friends, Nitin, developed this anti-procrastination ritual which has helped him maintain a more disciplined lifestyle.

He realized a while back that once he started surfing social media on the phone, he would lose track of time and would end up procrastinating important to-do’s. This would usually happen in the early morning – when he had to get ready and leave for work.

He then developed a system whereby he would set an alarm of 10 minutes right after he woke up, a tone which he was not particularly fond of. After those 10 minutes, come what may, he would go for a bath.

It took him some time but now that this habit has been in place, he hardly needs an alarm to remind him.

Whoa! That looks like a lot of skills but once you make them a part of your routine, you’ll enjoy the benefits.

Let’s put everything together.

 

Sum-Up

Remember the new reality of work-life balance. It’s more about having a sense of control over your time, and matching your energy levels with the task at hand.

Practise a science based everyday schedule comprising of five parts – 1. Morning Routine 2. Protected Hours 3. Regroup 4. Busy Work and 5. Recharge

Schedule your free time. We choose to do easy things rather than things that truly make us happy – active leisure is the key.

Four different types of rituals will help better your performance: a. Savouring Rituals b. Stress Rituals c. Peak Performance Rituals d. Anti-Procrastinating Rituals

Ryan Smith, Founder of Qualtrics sums it up brilliantly for us.

 

“Each week, I examine the categories of my life — father, husband, CEO, self — and identify the specific actions that help me feel successful and fulfilled in these capacities. This weekly ritual helps me feel like I’m doing everything in my power to address my needs and the needs of those around me. This is important because I can’t lose sight of the business agenda, and we’ve all seen or read about what it looks like when you lose sight of your family’s needs.” 

Source: Santulan

Build A Feedback System That Works

Build A Feedback System That Works

 

Springing up from your desk when your colleague informs you that your boss is calling you in a cabin to give you feedback with questions in mind like, “What have I done?”, “Did I make some huge mistake?”, “Are they going to fire me?” or “Am I not doing my job properly?”. This mindset of people makes the word feedback so negative and you are spoken to or given feedback only when you do something wrong or incorrect.

Today let’s dive into the depths of this word which makes people sweat and see if there can be a positive change which will help people develop their skills or motivate people to continue with the same effort and produce strong output.

 

Positive and negative feedback

Everybody knows that there are two types of feedback one is negative other is positive. As the names suggest, positive feedback is when an employee has achieved a milestone or has been performing exceptionally well. Negative feedback is the other side of the coin, i.e. when the performance is not up to the mark, behavior or professionalism issue. It is easy to give positive feedback as there are no awkward silences or discussions that take place. However, one must be very cautious while providing negative feedback as it can be demotivating and the person at the receiving end might lose their morale.

 

One on one and group feedback

The generic feedback that applies to a group or all the team members that do not specify a person’s performance can be provided during a team meeting. However, it is of utmost importance that individual feedback should be given in a one on one manner. Discussing feedback in front of others can cause low self-confidence, and it might be difficult for the employees to trust you with any concerns they may be facing, or they would be reluctant to approach you which can hamper productivity.

 

Ensuring regular feedback

It is very crucial to provide regular updates and feedback as an employee will feel looked after and have a clear mindset of the target to achieve and how to progress to achieve the same. Keeping your employees updated about their performance, checking for any difficulties and challenges that they might be facing. It can get tedious to provide constant feedback to employees, so use a software that helps ease your life; employees can share their problems on these platforms, or you can use social media to be in constant touch with your team members. If you are approachable or available to your team in their time of need and there is a healthy bond between team members the feedback given gets implemented much easily.

 

Mix and match your feedback

Nobody likes to listen to negative things, and neither do your employees. Try and understand why there is a downfall or dip in the performance of an employee, start with the positives and do not compare. When you include positive and negative, it cuts down the negativity, and the employee feels that they are appreciated for the work they are doing. The sense of being critical to the organization develops a bond which can benefit both the employee and the employer immensely. With this technique, the negative feedback is taken as a guide to improve their performance rather than a judgment.

 

Two-way conversation

Feedback should never be one-way it should always be two-way conversations. Every day is a new day, and we learn many new things from our peers and colleagues. When you implement feedbacks and get critiqued for your work is when you grow as it helps understand the right method to get the assigned work completed. You can achieve your goals and a post in an organization that has or follows to and fro feedback system. If management is open to feedback from employees, it will enhance the work environment and functioning. Be a leader, not a boss and strive to improve your team alongside, learn and grow together to attain goals and immense job satisfaction.

People spend more than half of their life at a workplace, and if one does not feel valued and do not get the opportunity to grow, work can seem hectic and stressful. Hence, it is significant to tend to your employee’s needs and assist them to develop with accurate feedback. You will grow when your team grows. No matter how great or poor the outcome is, always give and receive feedback positively.

Do not let your emotions or perception about someone command over your better judgment. Try and place yourself in your employee’s shoes before you give feedback to understand what the reaction might be or if you sound harsh as words cut through sharper than a knife. Just like Frank A. Clark states, “Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.”

Employee Engagement Done Right

Employee Engagement Done Right

Strategies that drive a deeper emotional commitment.

How many of us have worked in organizations where the employee engagement survey is rolled out, questions are asked and yet, nothing is ostensibly done about what is suggested or complained about? How many of us find it difficult to figure out just where the moral problem lies? Employee engagement is complex and some of the methods we’ve used to address it may sometimes be flawed in and of themselves, leading to other challenges. At its crux, employee engagement brings certain issues to the forefront.

Building trust

Trust, for one. People need to be able to trust their leaders and know there will be no retaliation for telling the truth. They also need to know that their leaders are interested in what they have to share and will take relevant and timely action on feedback given. Authenticity plays a part. Feel good tactics will eventually be noticed for what it is.

This is why a platform that incorporates gamification and real-time feedback, one that puts the employee in the driver’s seat, may be what works.

A singular approach

Morpheus Consulting Pte Ltd is an eight year old company providing business consulting, application development and IT infrastructure consulting. Even with 78 employees, they found that they had limited tools and resources to hear from their employees. Their communication channels were ineffective, and as is the case for many other companies, they had limited resources for reward initiatives. They looked to SelfDrvn to help them achieve multiple aims with their employees – engagement, motivation and performance recognition all delivered through gamification.

“Using SelfDrvn has given us deep insight and understanding about the concerns of our staff and what they would like to see us implement in the company.”

Violet Tang, HR Manager, Morpheus Consulting

Embodying variable components and plug and play options, SelfDrvn is an all-in-one platform to retain, reward and engage their talent. It has helped Morpheus Consulting through a number of touchpoints including employee pulse surveys, reward and recognition programmes, peer feedback loops, goal setting, wellness games and leaderboard competitions.

Gamification as a tool

Gamifying wellness – how does that work? Since physical health is increasingly a concern that impacts organisational success and the bottom line, ensuring that companies take a positive and proactive step to address this, will add value.

But how do you do that without encroaching on an individual’s preferences and choices? Enter gamification.

Gamification has been used by companies for a long time, according to Gabe Zichermann, author of Game-Based Marketing and CEO of Gamification.co. As Jennifer Van Grove mentioned in her article, Gamification: How Competition is Reinventing Business, Marketing and Everyday Life, the military, Hollywood and the hospitality sectors are three such industries that have employed game mechanics for many years.

Gamification is used in the corporate world for educational purposes, to encourage customer loyalty, to create buzz or for social proof. Fad or here to stay, the true power of gamification lies in how well we can align it to our business objectives. And in this context, SelfDrvn’s offering can help in retaining talent, engaging and rewarding employees, capturing and holding on to intellectual capital, perhaps even plug skill gaps. In this way, it is addressing the most common and pressing business issues with modern day solutions that work.

SelfDrvn is your all-in-one platform to retain, reward and engage talent. To schedule a 30 minute obligation free consultation, email contact@selfdrvn.com today.

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