"Benching" your players
"Sally is on PTO this week and bringing our whole team down"
People get invested in competitions. That's great for productivity and focus, but nothing undermines that spirit of competitions faster than un-fairness.
To help with competition fairness, Ambition provides the option to bench your contributors.
Benching a user will prevent their activity, if any, from counting toward the group's score. Just like any game or sport, you can't score points from the bench. Benching Users for reasons other than a true absence will invariably undermine integrity of not only a competition but Ambition as a platform.
Benching in User vs User Competitions
Benching someone in a User vs User Competition will have no impact as the "benched" User will still have a score of 0 if no score contributions are made.
Benching is advised for User vs User Competitions to help Organizations put Users on PTO, Sick Days, etc at ease that working on an off day is not required or expected.
ex. Joe and Sally are schedule to compete in a Call Challenge on Monday.
Sally is out on Monday for PTO.
Regardless of whether Sally is benched for Monday, if Sally makes 0 Calls on Monday, Sally's score will be a 0. Scores are not prorated on an individual level to accommodate benching being applied.
In the case of a User vs User Competition, being out is similar to forfeiting the competition. No Ambition Phantom will be used in the place of benched Users.
Bench a User for Competition Scoring
Allow Benchingis displayed. A Competition must have Allow Benching selected in order for Benched Users to be removed from the respective Competition's scoring.
1. Open the left navigation and click Competitions > Benching.
2. Search for the Employee in question.
3. Select a Start Day and End Day for their "bench" duration, and select a Reason (Sick, Vacation, Other) for the absence.
4. Click the green Bench Employee button.
Considerations With Benching
If a benched User contributes ANY points on a day they were benched they WILL NOT count towards the group score.
Unfortunately, sometime Managers will "bench" underperforming Users to help a team win.
Permission to Bench Users in Competitions will be tied to the
Users: Bench Permission.
Benching Users for reasons other than a true absence will invariably undermine integrity of not only a competition but Ambition as a platform.
To discourage cheating, Ambition allows for the download of a full benching history. This locked record serves as an impartial record for any who may question the validity of a competition's outcome.