Multilingual Business Communication

March 29, 2009

Exactly what Gen Y is looking for: Rypple at work

Filed under: employee communication, Karen Decabooter — meertaligebedrijfscommunicatie @ 12:26 pm



The Economist recently discovered a new online feedback tool that allows teachers, students, employees, managers, etc. to give and receive feedback on different topics. The Rypple tool can be used for bottom-up performance management at work.

Mr. Don Tapscott is the author of 12 books concerning the impact of Internet on society including ‘Grown up digital’. He claims that the top-down model of performance management, that  consists of one yearly feedback moment between managers and employees,  is  outdated. Just as they monitor their video games scores, the Net Generation wants to receive regular and interactive feedback at work too. If employers do not engage in a reciprocal relationship with their employees, the generation gap will endanger communication at work.

Thanks to Rypple, short questions and polls can be forwarded to managers, employees, clients or suppliers, who can answer quickly and anonymously. On the one hand, Rypple is an effective tool to get to know your strengths and weaknesses. Moreover, it saves time and money since it is free. On the other hand, older workers may feel intimidated and it may spoil the atmosphere at work since feedback is anonymous and not always constructive.  In conclusion, Rypple may not be perfect and it is still in its experimental phase, but don’t you think it is a useful, complementary tool next to traditional performance reviews?

 (Karen Decabooter)


Remark:  Rypple meets Facebook: On Facebook, you can add the tool Rypple NOW!. Moreover, Facebook Connect allows you to log on to Rypple using your Facebook password, and to bring your social context to Rypple.


1 Comment »

  1. According to HR company Business Performance, effective communication at the workplace has to include communication about knowledge, skills and emotions. Unfortunatly constructive feedback containing these three elements is rarely given but Rypple at work might just be the key to boast co-workers’ motivation without having to put a lot of energy in writing out feedback reports.

    Aisling van Vliet

    Comment by Aisling van Vliet — April 2, 2009 @ 1:32 pm

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