Work Hard Play Hard – Gamification and Workspace Design
There’s no question that people are heavily influenced by their environment – so it’s important to make those environments as conducive to happy, productive and motivated staff as possible. Our clients know that a transformed workspace results in a marked increase in productivity, motivation, and innovation, but how we go about achieving this differs for every business, as insights are unique to your business needs and culture.
There are lots of initiatives that can boost employee morale but a fascinating new trend of combining work and play is unearthing incredible results. Gamification is the application of gaming elements in non-gaming contexts, they are usually used to enhance experiences or to encourage behavioural change. Most people associate this concept with clever marketing but in reality, gamification is a clever way of “nudging” you’re employees to make good choices. For instance, a great and simple example of gamification techniques is creating a Fitbit challenge whereby different teams of employees compete to have the most steps. The result of course being healthier employees who are less likely to be sick, who learn to set and achieve goals and have more energy throughout the day.
Another great example of gamification in the workplace using computer programs to teach employees tasks and policies in an interesting and interactive way; such as yearly safety training or new computer systems. Using points-based quizzes and trivia is an effective way to help employee quantify their learning and spot areas for improvement, and to enhance retention of information.
While there is no set way to bring gamification into the workspace, there are a few suggestions to increasing engagement through gamification strategies;
Set goals, rules and processes which are to be clearly communicated.
Creating a set list of goals, rules and processes is critical to a successful initiative ensuring that if a conflict arises, it can be resolved efficiently with a flick of the rule book. Likewise setting precedents for what to do if there is a tie or any foreseeable potential issues will keep the game running smoothly. Some other gamification elements to consider are: involving the use of leader boards in order to maintain user engagement. Finally, make sure your team understands the game; if communicating verbally, ask questions to ensure they understand or if in writing, make sure that you are aware of the reading level of your employees.
Some things to consider are:
Choose a prize-worthy reward
If you’re offering incentives to drive your team then the prize should be worthwhile. There are many physical gifts that can match any budget for instance a desk plant for the winner, a gift voucher for the local coffee shop or a case of their favourite drink. A reward can improve corporate training and your gamification work by maintaining learner engagement throughout the activity.
Reflect on performance
Some simple ways to gauge whether your initiative was a success are:
- Ask your team how they feel after the game and whether they enjoyed it.
- Monitor productivity before, during and after to tell if it benefited the team.
- Observe whether the game brought your team together or if it started conflicts.
At A1 Office we are acutely aware of the incredible impact innovative environments have on staff productivity, health and motivation. We create intelligent spaces that are not only practical but are designed to bring out the best in your employees, promoting innovation, motivation and success.
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