With gamification becoming a buzzword for every business department from training to project management, to the help desk, it should come as no surprise that performance management is also in the game designers’ sights.
Especially when you consider companies that use gamification have more engaged employees, who are 70% more likely to increase their skills beyond the mandatory minimums.
And, let’s face it, the current, annual performance review is a painful dinosaur that neither the manager nor the employee really enjoys. Especially since the subtext of the whole thing is, “What level of compensation will be awarded next year?”
So instead of a yearly slog-fest, why not turn to gamification to make performance reviews real-time, with immediate feedback that’s actually meaningful and applicable?
Here are several free tools that help you do just that:
Another freemium gamification platform, Captain Up doesn’t charge for fewer than 1,000 monthly active users. Features in the free version include 10 custom badges and eight levels, basic analytics, and activity and leaderboard functionality. Captain Up can also integrate with most other applications through a full API and SDKs.
The folks behind the Firefox browser have put together this open-source badge-issuing tool. OpenBadges allows anyone to issue (or earn) badges for anything, and can be verified by any third party. It’s a great, free way to create and issue badges to your employees, ideal for incentivizing skills training and other specific achievements.
This open-source gamification platform was released by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for free. It can give awards, points, and badges, and has a customizable web interface for displaying badges. Its awards can also be exported to Mozilla’s OpenBadges tool and the platform itself can be integrated with other web-based applications.
Zurmo is an open-source CRM, but with a strong focus on gamification built into it. Scores, badges, and a public leaderboard encourage user adoption, with statistics and the ability to redeem awards for designated gifts or other items being a unique feature of the platform.
This popular open-source gamification platform is aimed at increasing user engagement on websites, but is easily adaptable to back-end, employee needs with a private, secure website to implement it. Features include badges, live alerts, leaderboards, points, and analytics.
Though not yet available to the public, Mambo.IO looks like a promising open-source gamification platform. They are currently accepting interested beta testers.
Any other great, free tools to gamify your performance appraisal process? Add them in the comments below!