When it comes to gauging the success of a company’s employee engagement initiatives, feedback is crucial.
In the old days, that meant doing physical or online surveys. Trouble is, such surveys can only give you occasional feedback. Moreover, there are a whole host of potential factors which could mean they might not provide accurate feedback for the entire initiative.
In a bid to provide employers with an ongoing and accurate sense of what is and isn’t working, several companies have launched employee engagement apps.
Here are a few you should know about.
Created as part of a side project by a Cape Town-based software house, Hi5 aims to make things like 360s and peer reviews simple.
In the case of the latter, each employee is given five anonymous co-workers for reviewing throughout the year.
The app also helps with goal-setting, with employees given five goals to achieve throughout the year and regular reminders to track their achievement of those goals.
Employees using the Hi5 app can additionally give colleagues recognition for doing a particular task well.
All in all, it makes tracking and improving culture much simpler.
Developed in Saudi Arabia, Sarahah plays in both the business and consumer spaces. It allows users to get anonymous feedback on their strengths and weaknesses with both friends and colleagues.
The idea is that the veil of anonymity will allow people to be honest in their feedback.
Of course, with any anonymous platform that someone has direct access to, the danger is that people could be potentially abusive in their feedback.
Created by a team in the Netherlands, TruQu offers many of the same features as Hi5. These include goal-setting, the ability to acknowledge colleagues for hard work, and to get feedback.
It does, however, differ in several important respects. You can, for instance, get feedback from individuals as well as groups of colleagues, share feedback with colleagues and managers, and compliments with the entire organisation.
All the feedback created within the app can also be quantified, analysed and exported if needs be.
Some employee engagement apps are a little more specific than others. OmGene is the workplace portal for employees of Omnicom Media Group MENA.
The app allows employees within the group to immerse themselves in its culture, keep up to date with all the latest company news, and updates on current and forthcoming activities.
OmGene also allows employees to participate in the agencies’ CSR drives, provide feedback or suggestions to management, review their peers, and access content from Omnicom’s learning academy.
Used by the likes of BOS Ice Tea, KUDOS is an employee recognition system and corporate social network.
Possibly the simplest of the apps on this list, KUDOS allows colleagues to give each other different levels of recognition, which can be exchanged for rewards.
It also allows employees to send and receive private feedback, communicate and collaborate with their peers, and align teams to strengthen company culture.
Ideally suited to companies with remote or deskless employees, ConnecTeam allows companies to create branded apps according to their individual needs.
You might, for instance, want to ensure employees have instant access to the latest company updates. Or maybe you want the ability to send out surveys on the fly and give employees the chance to get their hands on training material whenever they need it.
ConnecTeam allows you to do all that as well as things like one on one chat, payroll management, and employee performance and productivity management.
Companies can choose to fully customise apps or make use of ConnecTeam’s industry-specific templates.
Do you know of any employee engagement apps that you think we should’ve included in this list? Let us know in the comments section below.