We all face the same challenge, we have a great team of people all working together create amazing products and we need to make sure we are recognizing and rewarding them appropriately. We do reviews and try our best to determine who the superstars are and then reward accordingly. But no matter how hard we try, we know there is a chance we are overlooking someone that is really doing great work. If this goes on long enough we stand the risk of demotivating some of our most valuable people, or even worse, losing them. So, how do we dig deeper under the covers of our business to see who is really running the show?

Luckily, there are some new tools aimed at recognizing these superstars, and they take the form of fun games. Although peer recognition programs are not new, they are starting to build steam across companies and within HR departments. And now with new online tools to help manage the programs, even the most distributed companies can easily identify their best and brightest! Here are a couple tools that we feel have promise.

Wooboard – Wooboard is a social spin on peer recognition. Companies can create a dashboard that allows employees to send “Woos” to other employees for exemplifying company values. You can attribute points to the Woos and monitor activity through an easy to use dashboard. We really like that the system is built to reward behaviors associated with the values of an organization, but also works to demonstrate these behaviors in a public forum that can serve as training for new employees.

Propstoyou – Propstoyou is a little different as it automates the peer reward system based upon user actions. The team at Propstoyou have injected behavioral science and gamification into a project management tool to increases productivity gains without creating a dog-eat-dog environment. The actions your employees take within the system will prompt badges that you can then use to create a commensurate reward program for all of your great employees.

Dueprops – Dueprops is another gamified peer to peer recognition tool that uses “props” as a virtual currency. Employees embark on various games that can be tailored to your specific company goals. Each employee can then hand out hundreds of different props to other employees to acknowledge various performance related items. These props in turn are worth points that will accumulate each month. The company can then define a reward budget and divide proportionately among the system leaders.

Although somewhat different, all of these systems are built to increase work collaboration, productivity and enjoyment. And although I believe these systems are important for all employees regardless of age and position, the feedback driven younger generation was literally raised to work well within them.