VMware's Socialcast encourages employees to say 'Thanks'

Summary:Instead of simply acknowledging that you "like" something, Socialcast users can now say "Thanks" to their colleagues on the VMware-backed social network.

Socialcast, VMware's business-minded social network, is ramping up with a new feature designed to enhance and customize the user experience for customers and their employees.

That new function is the friendly-sounding "Thanks," which is a premium feature that enables employees to instantly offer some recognition and gratitude within their social networks in the workplace.

The idea is that this will not only boost employee morale but also increase employee engagement.

Tim Young, vice president of social enterprise at VMware, explained the inspiration for Thanks in a statement:

Last year in the process of analyzing community behavior, we noticed that people were using hash tags in the company stream to publicly recognize co-workers. We polled our product, design, and internal user psychology teams and Socialcast Thanks emerged.

There is a significant body of research indicating that expressing gratitude at work delivers bottom line results. Our goal is to provide our customers with a simple, fun, yet powerful way to publicly recognize the contributions people make every day that drive the business forward.

Instead of simply acknowledging that you "like" something, Socialcast users can send Thanks by choosing from a library of custom badges created by the company. These badges are touted as custom-made because they are intended to reflect whatever the company's culture might be.

Badges can then be enabled by anyone designated as a Thanks administrator.

Socialcast Thanks can also be integrated into other enterprise apps (i.e. Sharepoint, CRM, Intranets, Wikis, etc.) via Socialcast Reach.

Screenshot via The Socialcast Blog


Topics: Virtualization, Hardware, VMWare


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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