A series of dos and donts for bosses introducing the increasingly popular gamified rewards systems have been released.
A survey of 1,000 UK workers, carried out by workplace incentives and rewards provider, One4all Rewards, and published in The Gamification Report polled workers on their preferences for gamified bonus systems which encourage achievement and good behaviour by awarding small rewards for desired actions.
It found that the vast majority (79%) of UK employees would like to see these introduced at their place of work.
To help UK bosses implement this kind of employee recognition scheme, One4all Rewards surveyed workers about how they would prefer these types of systems to be implemented, with interesting results.
The research shows that the communication of these more complex systems is especially key, to help workers understand how they can unlock rewards.
More than 1 in 4 (25%) UK workers would like their employer to introduce this kind of new system by clearly communicating information about it.
Almost 1 in 6 (14%) UK workers would like their boss to host an event to officially launch a new rewards and bonus system.
Almost the same number would want to receive regular updates on how many points/rewards/bonuses they have earned.
Being able to log into a portal (such as a website or section of the intranet) to view how they are doing and track their rewards progression would be key for 1 in 5 (21%).
Regularity for these kinds of rewards is key – on average, workers would most like to receive rewards and bonuses every 1.10 months.
In fact, monthly rewards were overwhelmingly the most popular with more than 1 in 3 (37%) saying they’d prefer this. Just 10 per cent said they’d prefer them once per week.
Alan Smith, UK Managing Director at One4all Rewards said, “some companies shy away from rewards systems based on gamification; however they are not only incredibly powerful, but they can be quite cost effective as they rely on giving out small rewards rather than large bonuses. Better yet – the UK workforce is crying out for them.
“It’s understandable that those companies who are used to making one simple bonus payment at the end of the financial year might be a bit hesitant to introduce a more complex system. That said, it really needn’t be too difficult – and our research shows there are a number of ways bosses can handle the process of introducing and managing them, in a way that makes them simple and easy for workers to understand.”
For more information and to read The Gamification Report, visit https://www.one4allrewards.co.uk/blog/blog/research-reports/gamification-report-2019