Employee Engagement Software Landscape (Intro)

Boy, there are a lot of tools out there to help get the pulse of your team’s engagement and their performance. Here’s what i found in 10 minutes of googling.

 

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/mp/employee-engagement-survey/

Happy Enterprise – http://www.gethppy.com/features/

Tembo Status – http://www.tembostatus.com/

TeamPhoria – http://www.teamphoria.com/

A long list at an aggregator – http://www.capterra.com/employee-engagement-software/

http://www.6q.io/

https://www.officevibe.com/pricing

https://pingboard.com/employee-directory

http://www.betterworks.com/

 

 

Link Collection: Card as UI

Cards as an interface metaphor have been around for a while thanks to Twitter and Google. But,  Vox has recently made their cards embeddable and are working with other publishers to distribute them, so it’s time to get deeper into cards as they evolve in the wild. (side note: Good interview with Ezra Klein covering the why’s of their card strategy)

Overview of the design metaphor

Intercom.io’s manifesto-ish take on cards is probably the best place to start.

But, not surprisingly, Benedict Evans might have been onto the trend first.

Koi Vinh takes a stab at defining cards. Focuses on presentation and the introduction of 3rd party data.

Taylor Davidson has a good overview of where cards came from. Importantly, he teases out the difference between the design/presentation issues and the the idea that the card itself can be platform.

The Rise of Mobile Cards by Cezary Pietrzak is a great primer

Jerry Cao at TNW provides a design-centric overview of how cards fit into the UI patterns.

Tools and Platforms

Cardstack.io is building a whole ecosystem around Cards.

Wildcard is news app (I think). It’s also an SDK and platform for creating and viewing cards.

Citia is a content marketing platform that uses cards as the primary UI interface.

A Good Reminder: Chouinard

I’m a huge Chouinard fan boy, and this is an oldie but a goodie. On why he turned away multi-million dollar buyout offers: 

“There’d be all this pressure to grow, grow, grow, and there’s a limit to this idea. There’s a limit to what I’m trying to do. And once again, it’s not going over the edge. It’s knowing what size you should be, knowing who you are, and don’t exceed that.”

As a guy in the middle of a small but growing business, this combination of understanding your limits and having clarity about why you’re in business in the first place is gold:

“We had been growing 50 percent a year, every year, and we were strung out financially. And suddenly — you know, we were ramped up for more growth, and it didn’t happen,” Chouinard said. “And so we got in financial trouble. And that’s when I decided to re-look at all our values and see, ‘Why are we in business? And what are we trying to do here?'”

Why a Facebook cofounder’s magazine is crumbling, in two charts | VentureBeat | Media | by Gregory Ferenstein

This is an important concept:

Since online outlets started tracking “read depth,” we know that most readers get through about 50 percent of an article before leaving — and about a third never get past the headline. That makes news economics a volume game, both in terms of content produced and total readers needed, as publishers attempt to make up for their readers’ superficial attention by throwing more headlines and more content at them.

via Why a Facebook cofounder’s magazine is crumbling, in two charts | VentureBeat | Media | by Gregory Ferenstein.