NICE Benchmark Survey Highlights Opportunities for Service Organizations to Better Engage Employees

Tools for bottom-up collaboration and motivation are used infrequently by enterprises and to a lesser extent than traditional, top-down approaches

July 31, 2013

RA’ANANA, Israel, July 31, 2013 – NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE) today announced that a benchmark study on trends and best practices in frontline performance management indicates that a majority of companies do not use collaboration and gamification to improve employee engagement. Only 12 percent of companies actively solicit ideas from frontline employees, and less than one third set daily or weekly performance goals.

Organizations that use gamification from the initial, onboarding stage drive better business outcomes such as performance, engagement, and retention, according to the Aberdeen Group. While technologies such as gamification can be applied to focus the frontline every day, the NICE survey found that companies continue to motivate performance through traditional contests, and two in three companies run those contests less than once per month.

According to the NICE study:

  • Eighty-eight percent of companies run contests and competitions to motivate employees
  • Contest kick-offs and results are most frequently communicated through email (86 percent) and verbally (49 percent)
  • The most common rewards used in contests and competitions are trophies (78 percent) and financial incentives (57 percent)
  • Gaming mechanics are used infrequently, with only 31 percent of companies exploring some form of digital rewards.

“Employee engagement is a prerequisite to delivering an exceptional customer experience,” said Yochai Rozenblat, President of the NICE Enterprise Group. “Other research has shown that service workers are the only type of employees that are less engaged today than they were three years ago. In order to remedy this, organizations should introduce bottom-up strategies like collaboration and gamification, both of which are included in our recently-launched NICE Performance Management v6.2 solution. We believe our solution can help companies gain a competitive edge in the market.”

The NICE survey results are based on a sample of over 160 respondents from more than 130 different companies, the bulk of which represent the financial services, insurance, and telecommunications industries.

A report highlighting the main findings of the NICE Performance Management Benchmark Study can be found here.

About NICE Systems

NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE) is the worldwide leading provider of software solutions that enable organizations to take the next best action in order to improve customer experience and business results, ensure compliance, fight financial crime, and safeguard people and assets. NICE’s solutions empower organizations to capture, analyze, and apply, in real time, insights from both structured and unstructured Big Data. This data comes from multiple sources, including phone calls, mobile apps, emails, chat, social media, video, and transactions. NICE solutions are used by over 25,000 organizations in more than 150 countries, including over 80 of the Fortune 100 companies.

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