At the end of the first quarter last year we launched a new program at Rockfish that we called Rockfish Rewards. As our company grew I was getting frequent requests from people who wanted to recognize a co-worker with a gift-certificate to dinner or small gift for working extra hard to meet a deadline or exceed a clients expectations. I liked the idea of peer recognition and wanted to create a more formal and exciting way for Rockfish to manage this, thus the beginning of Rockfish Rewards.
We built a catalogue of items that each had a point value. Everything from online gift certificates to iPads to Ducati motorcycles. Everyone at Rockfish was then given points each quarter that they could use to recognize a colleague(s). When a co-worker awards you points for a job well-done then you can immediately redeem those points for something less expensive or save them up for something really spectacular. It’s been a big hit at Rockfish. Recently one of our employees posted a review of her experience on our blog that’s worth a read.
Last year we managed Rockfish Rewards through Excel spreadsheets and email. Not a bad way to get started but a significant administrative hassle. In true Rockfish style, we decided to formalize Rockfish Rewards as a SaaS application called YouEarned.it. We rolled it out to Rockfish to kick-off the year and intend to make it available to any company that wants to use the software very soon. In the meantime, if you want to be a beta user of the service send me a message on Twitter (@kennytomlin) and I’ll see about getting you set up.
Following are a few screen captures of the application: