A Nudge to Create Collaborative Culture: Dable’s Powerful Peer Bonus Program

Dable Blog
Jan 22, 2019 · 3 min read

Almost all companies have yearly (also monthly or quarterly) workshops to boost friendship and unity of its employees.

Strong bond amongst employees not only fosters a sense of intimacy, but also leads to overcoming personal/departmental egotism, integrating organizations and generations, and encouraging communication and collaboration, which all come down to improved work performance. As a way of supporting voluntary collaboration among the employees besides having workshops, Dable offers the Peer Bonus program for its employees.

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The Peer Bonus program allows a colleague to give a bonus to another colleague for helping them out. It is basically an incentive pay from peers.

​Dable employees may “express their gratitude” towards anyone as many as twice a quarter by giving up to 800,000 won a year. The reasons can be anything from for covering while you’re at your vacation, helping your project proposal by throwing ideas and thoroughly reviewing the proposal even when it’s not even his/her project, or teaching you things that you didn’t know. The whole process is disclosed to all employees through Slack, the company’s internal communication platform. So everyone gets to congratulate the ones who received a peer bonus!

In fact, Dable’s Peer Bonus program is inspired by Google’s gThanks.

Laszlo Bock, the head of People Operations at Google, said “At Google, we built a tool called gThanks to let Googlers publicly thank one another for going above and beyond. What’s great about this system is that it benefits both the giver and receiver. Not only does it facilitate a culture of recognition and service, it also encourages employees to act like owners and call out good work when they see it. .”

The Peer Bonus program acts as a nudge to promote voluntary collaboration within the company.

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Praise Can Make Even a Whale Dance

In a recent episode of “Encyclopedia of Useless Facts 2”, Professor Yoo Hyun Joon talks about how his parents’ compliment on his little invention made of a pen case and a broken toy was what started his dream of becoming an architect.

Being appreciated and recognized by peers for your hard work is a great motivation to stay as a great and helpful teammate.

The Power of Appreciation: What Did You Learn Today?

Here’s an anecdote from Shiva Ryu’s essay book on his trip to India called “Planet Earth Traveler”. The owner of the inn he stayed at asked him “What did you learn today?” every day. At first, Ryu didn’t take the questions too seriously as obviously they didn’t make much sense. But after being asked of the same question for a week, he started to really wonder: “What did I learn today?”

The Peer Bonus program may sound as silly or unfamiliar like the question Ryu was asked. But you will soon realize that there are so much to appreciate and compliment about the people you work with.

To Win Without a Fight: Collaboration

The time spent for your task can be reduced greatly if you get helped by a colleague who has more knowledge in that area. Your “expert” colleague’s effort to help you out makes a great difference in your outcome. The collaborative culture at Dable inspired by the Peer Bonus program is Dable’s competitive edge.

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