Designed for use by sizeable companies, the UpMo tool combines information from an employee’s LinkedIn account and data on knowledge and skills, plus social interactions, to work out how well-placed s/he is to make a career move, whether at the company or elsewhere in the sector.
At a time when there is much talk of lifelong learning and finding opportunities to move more rapidly along various different career paths – whether at the same company or elsewhere – UpMo has developed a tool whose purpose is to enable a company to quickly gauge where employees stand in terms of career move potential so that management can offer them suitable positions. From the employee point of view, the tool also helps you to know where you stand, what your prospects are for climbing the ladder at the company where you work, or elsewhere in the same business sector. Using key words from the information posted on
LinkedIn, such as academic qualifications, acquired skills, etc, plus Facebook, the platform gives each employee a mobility score between 0 and 100.
Knowing what you’re worth helps you get on
The system works in a similar way to the assessment process used for government employees, whereby the score helps give staff an idea of their career mobility potential. There is also a gaming or challenge aspect here: if you want to improve your job mobility score you might for instance decide to start building up your professional network or add some skills to your toolkit. It can also be a confidence-booster when you compare your own prospects with those of your colleagues and friends. In fact UpMo’s creators encourage companies to integrate the site into their own systems as a way of motivating staff through the scoring system. The basic idea is to work on staff motivation and engagement, but from a different angle than offered by startups such as YouEarnedIt, which are based more on the reward principle.
An advantage for staff... and for other companies ?
UpMo’s potential value for companies is however a double-edged sword. Any company that sets out to motivate its staff by pushing them to surpass themselves might well only succeed in encouraging them to rethink their position at the company and perhaps look elsewhere. And this is what UpMo is all about as well. On their blogs the UpMo creators post clips encouraging employees to take their destiny into their own hands and quite soon they are planning to provide the means on the UpMo site for other companies in the same sector to ‘poach’ staff who appear to be undervalued by their current bosses. Readers may be reminded somewhat of Identified, a website for young professionals which uses a scoring system to encourage them to enhance their profiles on the social networks.