A recent survey by TechnologyAdvice has shown that more than 70% of the 398 office-based workers asked said they would perform better if provided with engagement software at work, Ragan reports. This comes after news from Gallup that American businesses lose between $450 billion and $550 billion every year due to disengaged employees.
The reason behind disengagement causing such huge financial losses can be due to the fact such employees tend to produce work that is below standard; are less productive than engaged employees and also tend to leave for other companies. Despite such a huge percentage wishing for engagement software, 67% of the respondents also noted that their company does not use any form of digital engagement platform.
Almost a third of the respondents said some form of health and fitness programme would be their preferred method of engagement. The second and third most preferred methods of engagement were a points-based reward system and a progress tracking system, the survey found. Less than 15% of the respondents said they would like an internal social network. The least popular engagement programme – at 14% – was having some form of ranking or leader board introduced at work.
Over half (54%) of the respondents said they would be more likely to perform a task if it had game elements, but before a business introduces a competitive edge to certain tasks they need to take the average age of their employees into consideration; whilst 77.1% of 18-24 year olds said a game element would be much more likely or more likely to engage them at work, only 43.2% of 45-54 year olds said the same.
Similarly, when it came to engagement programmes in general, whilst 90% of 18-24 years olds said it would definitely aid them at work, only 42% of 45-54 year olds said the same.