Mood Indicator

WORKLIO FEATURES — Taking the Temperature

This is one of several articles that look closely at the functionality of Worklio. Each feature article is designed to show how Worklio can help make the processes and procedures in your company more efficient with specific examples and ideas.


Mood Indicator

Leadership is more than just knowledge and ability. It is also being able to use employee energy in positive ways and motivating people when they are down. The Mood Indicator is a way to gauge the morale of the company.

Are the employees happy? Or is there a general malaise? A quick look at the Mood Indicator — 10 is high and 1 is low — might suggest it’s time for a pep talk. Or a party.

People like to be asked how things are going and how they are feeling. When people are happy they often like to say it — perhaps with a “10”. Other times, when people are having a lousy day, there may be a tiny bit of psychological solace in entering a low score.

Definitely, there are some drawbacks to a simplistic scale. Some people are naturally more optimistic than others. Sometimes, in a pique of anger, a person will post a “1”. There may be concerns about management having too much information about one employee.

Nevertheless, macro statistics can be enlightening to a powerful level.


Bored Employee


* Reports are available by company, by department, and by employee.

* See if there are any trends within your company. Is Human Resources the most upbeat department? Why is Customer Service so down in the dumps.

* Schedule the Mood Indicator for different parts of the day: after Login, after Start Work, after a Break, or after Leave Work. You can schedule requests to indicate mood to once a day, once a week, or once a month.



* Keep track of the Mood Indicator when important news is revealed: the company-wide response provided during the calm and sober moments before leaving work may be more revealing than that of the one employee who voiced passionate concerns during the announcement meeting.

* Change the question periodically. “How satisfied are you?” is a nice, general question. There are many different questions that might be useful:

  • - “Do you feel safe now that we have had a fire drill?” 
  • - “Are you happy with the direction that the company has taken?”
  • - “How satisfied were you with the food provided by the caterer of last week’s party?”

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