Playing games didn't used to be so associated with being productive at work (no offense, gamemakers).
But, now that gaming theory has begun trickling onto people's radar, startup tenXer has built a new service that can track productivity, visualize trends and rank the best results on a leaderboard.
Businesses are already tracking company emails and bug reports, just to name a couple of things. tenXer is taking the logical next step of tracking some daily activities, plotting them on a graph and pointing out who gets the best score. Obviously, whether people are actually being productive or not will depend exactly on what is being measured. However, if your team is open-minded about trying some new motivational tactics, tenXer might be a decent fit.
The system connects with Gmail, Google Calender, Jira and a few software developer tools such as GitHub, but more services will be added as the company moves out of its beta phase. tenXer tracks how many emails are sent or the number of meetings you've booked, for example, and analyzes the data for points of potential improvement. It's easy to use the information to plan on being more productive, but tenXer throws in a leaderboard for some added competitive juice.
tenXer's Personal Productivity dashboard.
Productivity services are not hard to find in the enterprise, and even gamification is gaining acceptance. tenXer is not really a social network like Yammer, and it's not really a productivity/organization tool like Do.com by Salesforce. Rather, it combines some social, productivity and game features into one customizable space.
While we think it seems handy enough and pretty simple, we're not sure how much it will really help people be more productive. It will depend on the person and, as stated above, what is being measured. On the other hand, most of the services linked to tenXer are of the software development type, and so perhaps those kinds of workers may be more responsive to this type of motivational tool.
With that said, measuring things like tasks resolved, lines modified and emails sent could just be evidence of mere activity, and not necessarily productive work. Tell us in the comments if you think a service like tenXer would be embraced by your colleagues or if you think they would resent having even more of their work monitored so closely.