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Kevin commented on Ikigai|Thank You Points

Hi Jess,

What an interesting read! 

Undoubtedly a compelling solution you have suggested. We know that management levels across all industries are currently undergoing restructuring and change — with recent studies putting an emphasis on the demand for increased employee wellbeing. The new generation is spearheading change in the workforce — and they’ll switch jobs until they find what they want. So how do we attract and retain talent within our company? That is the essential question. The spectrum on which different defining characteristics within new generational behaviour is very broad - so I will try to stick with the idea implementation and effect:

As I am working closely together with the new generation, it is great to see that your idea is building on digital employee engagement.

One of the main elements such system should be strongly aware of is the rising numbers of workplace bullying. Research from University of Phoenix, has proven that almost 75% of employees surveyed had been affected by workplace bullying, whether as a target or a witness. The numbers are absolutely staggering.

If not implemented correctly, such work rewards system can potentially be aggravating for people targeted bullying and pressure introverts and shy people into uncomfortable situations. Such behaviour does not necessarily have to be face to face. Bullying can occur in many forms, often through deliberate exclusion and avoidance. Thus, contradicting the initial intent of the system and instead rewarding people that are already favoured in the workplace — resulting in the possibility of the creation of social hierarchies within the working environment.

However, if the right teachings were available prior to the implementation of the system, the positive impact of such system might be even greater than anticipated. On one hand, it can empower employees making them feel a part of a community and a part of a positive working environment. Thus, addressing your aforementioned concerns:

1) employees feeling isolated;

2) employees disengagement, and;

3) lack of understanding of care in the management ranks

On the other hand, the idea has the potential to become a strong tool to mitigate and detect workplace bullying through data. It can allow HR managers to learn the underlying behaviours in the respective workplace without direct confrontation. There are patterns of strong social and psychological behaviour that can be analysed to secure and increase workplace happiness.

A really interesting system that you have proposed with great potential of tackling one of the hardest issues in the workplace (and potentially across schools as well!). Definitely worth further researching, testing and analysing. This could potentially be a system contributing to the greater good of societies!