Auditing Your Workplace Rules

Sometimes workplace rules don’t have anything to do with customer engagement, a better workplace, limiting risk or liability, or avoiding catastrophes—they exist to make life easier for a small part of the organization without any regard for other more important factors. These rules ensure compliance with the policies of a particular department. And those in that department often fiercely guard and protect their rules.

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Let the Employees do the Rewarding

In a hierarchy, the lion’s share of recognition and recompense goes to those who hold the biggest titles. The real heroes are left unsung.

Linden Lab’s Remedy: The community—not some select group of corporate overlords—does the rewarding. …It does this through a software tool, called the Rewarder.

Each quarter, every associate is given an equal share of a portion of Linden’s net proft—recently, about one thousand … [ Read more ]

The Love Machine

Philip Rosedale, Linden Lab’s charismatic founder and chairman, took one long night to build a simple but potent tool for community building. He calls it the “Love Machine.” It’s a Web page that lets any of Linden’s roughly three hundred associates zap a quick-hit message of appreciation to a colleague.

Say a coder beats a do-or-die deadline for patching a troublesome bug that’s infected Second Life’s … [ Read more ]

The entire business should be the ‘customer service department.’

Obviously, a customer service department is needed, but the traditional customer service mentality needs to be replaced by a tribal mentality.

Employees from all levels of the business should actively be making connections with customers. Not just when a customer is having trouble, but through every phase of business. Here’s a great idea: Each day, allow one randomly selected customer service phone call or email to … [ Read more ]