If any of you were ever in Boy Scouts or Girl Guides, or you currently have children in these programs now, you’ll be familiar with merit badges.
A merit badge is typically a round or geometric shaped material badge, with a symbolic image, representing more than a 100 achievement areas. You can learn about sports, crafts, trades, the outdoors, business and many other areas.
They are awarded to youth based on fulfilling a required list of activities and study in any chosen area.
Does anyone remember when Microsoft® Xbox 360 came on the scene back in 2005? That is when they first introduced the idea of digital badges as an achievement system within online games.
Badges are all the rage in the world of gamification with playing video games and online learning.
Today, digital badges use visual representation of real-world accomplishments such as running marathons or with certifying learning on instructional sites like Khan Academy.
I would advocate that badges are a great way to acknowledge people for living company values and accomplishing specific strategic goals.
What is the benefit from incorporating badges into your online recognition programs? (more…)