Lakeside Automotive Ltd.: Digital Employee Recognition Amid Organizational Change
In 2018, a dealership facilitator needed to decide whether to continue implementing the Thumbs Up application (app) at Lakeside Automotive Ltd., a family-owned car dealership in the Greater Toronto Area. The Thumbs Up app was a digital tool that enabled employees to recognize each other's good work by sending digitalized badges. The dealership facilitator had introduced this app in an effort to "future-proof" the organization by leveraging information technology such as digital communications. The move toward more digital communication was also a strategic activity in light of the company's upcoming relocation and expansion. While some employees acknowledged the value and convenience of this digital tool, others believed it was "a waste of time." How should the dealership facilitator decide on the future of the Thumbs Up app? If she decided to retain the app, how could she improve its effectiveness?