We did yuktipro.com/aboutido and it is long since we wanted to share our passion for productivity and collaboration, collaboration, positive psychology and neuroscience. Gamification is a big theme now, but we believe that it is only a practical subset of how science helps build user experiences, design interfaces and software.
So how we practically used what science taught us? I posit here, that our system boosts productivity by 30-70% and increases team morale and motivation to an immeasurable height.
We have always wanted to have an easy way to remind ourselves daily on what our goals are. What I personally wanted is to also to have a rough measure of how we are progressing towards those goals. Even if just roughly comparing those goals.
So the idea of reporting daily accomplishments not as "time spent", but "efforts invested" into goals was all around. But we wanted to design a system which will positively motivate.
"Positivity ratios at or above 2.9 are associated with human flourishing. Flourishing is associated with dynamics that are nonrepetitive, innovative, highly flexible, and dynamically stable". Fredrickson, B.L. & Losada, M. (2005). Positive affect and the complex dynamics of human flourishing. American Psychologist, 60(7), 678–686.
And we designed a system, which can boost productivity by ca. 50% judging based on the above research and famous Dan Pink's TED talk on "The Puzzle Of Motivation".
So, how is yuktipro.com based on Neuroscience?
What we know from neuroscience is that there is something called Losada’s line, which may translate as "6-to-1 positive-to-negative feedback ratio increases productivity by 40% for operation-based labour and even more so for creative tasks".
This is quite hard to maintain for a manager — people should be trained for several months just to increase the ratio from 1:1 to 3:1. But there's good news: praise does not necessarily have to come from the boss.
If I log in my achievements for the day in a way that everyone can see and, say, just 'Like' them — those 6 likes will count towards the positivity of my environment. Only then we will gain the confidence enough to take criticism constructively and not defensively — as a suggestion to improve, rather than a punishment for mistake.
And that’s exactly what our system does to small teams.
But it does not end there. There is a big theme in neuroscience called ‘mirror neurons’. There are many interesting implication which anyone can google, but for us the practical implication has been: watching others progress makes us want to learn, move and do progress ourselves.
What it means that when I see everyone doing stuff and logging it every day then I also will try to do my best. That is the huge motivational benefit arising from our YuktiPro.com.
Apart from saying that people do things more eagerly knowing that others see them being heroic!
And now comes 'gamification' at its purest: badges for the team lead to grant!
Did you know that 'the doctors who are primed to be happy come to the correct diagnosis twice as fast as those who are thinking in the medical mode'? (says Shawn Achor (@shawnachor), former Harvard researcher and author of 'The Happiness Advantage').
So don’t underestimate the positive power of receiving a recongnition in a form of an electronic badge! And again 'mirror neurons' — if I get a badge and everyone knows why, then it is just and they want badges too!
And Justice alone is a huge positivity factor for humans. Just ask yourselves how important for you to consider your environment at work as just?
Apart from motivational part our system allow to get the info on how your team works, which no other collaboration software provides.
Who contributed most to which goals, what was most discussed and liked, who got badges and for what, and how we all work greatly every day to achieve what is important to us. Basically, since it is not a formal task tracker, the team leader can learn which goals get more passion from the team. That helps me a lot.
I hope you liked the idea of implementing neuroscience into the user experiences. I invite everyone to try yuktipro.com and ask questions.
As a closing remark, I wanted to say how we love to use our unique pool of skills building user experiences to help people live better but there is a recently discovered way also to live longer (i.e. to add between 5 to 10 years to your expected life span), which all should learn. Don’t hesitate to ask me through eli (a) yuktigroup.com.