The Game: How can playing games enhance employee productivity and which games should the companies make them play?

The Game

In my working hours, there are times when I have a lot on my plate and I am doing it since morning, but it just doesn’t seem to get over. I just don’t feel productive enough to accomplish the tasks. I put my work aside, take a long breath start playing the racing game I love. Now, you might think that it is counterproductive and it wastes time. Let’s find out why it is actually productive to play games at work.

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Games can bridge the gap between work and leisure.
Many people seem to think of work as entirely distinct from their home life. Home is a place of relaxation, while work might seem like “merely a chore”.
Gaming in the workplace allows this gap to be bridged — since gaming is associated with relaxation and the “home” aspect of one’s life, incorporating gaming into the work environment makes work feel more fun.
Games are surely a way of boosting employee satisfaction. They can prevent employees from seeing work as a “negative” facet of their lives, and instead allows for employees to associate work with relaxation and joy.

Games are a great way to release stress.

Gaming is an excellent way to release any pent up stress one may have surrounding their job (or life in general). In fact, gaming is known to have powerful stress-relief properties, so incorporating gaming into the workplace can provide a platform for employees to reduce daily stress.

Games can create an environment of trust.

Today’s workforce wants an environment of autonomy, and having a culture where games are acceptable underscores exactly that. Gaming in the workplace signals a relaxed and friendly company culture that allows employees to both work hard, and play hard.

Games can initiate team bonding.
Any good team needs to be cohesive. The relationships that coworkers forge between each other not only lead to friendships, but can also help the workplace achieve better results thanks to teamwork and improved communication. Fortunately, gaming is one of the best ways to foster strong social bonds.
Gaming together provides an opportunity for coworkers to bond together over non-work related activities. This fosters a sense of community and helps the team bond. Getting closer with coworkers allows you to operate as a single unit with less discrepancies, resulting in a much more productive workplace overall.

Which games should the employees play to enhance productivity?

Well, for now we will only focus on games that can be played while working from home as we are in this lockdown.

Mad Ads

The rules for this game can be played with every time. For this scenario, make a Whatsapp group. The employees can take turns for being the ad master. He can come up with either trivia or a product. I would recommend to come up with a product and brand that contradicts each other. For example, Banking and Kingfisher. The ad master can ask the players to come up with tag lines for this. Wouldn’t that be fun?

Mailed it!

Responding to emails is a necessary and often stressful part of every workday and this game tries to make this task a fun activity. This online tool works with Gmail and Google Apps and simply challenges people to respond to emails within a set amount of time.
It rewards them with points and accomplishments when they’ve responded within a certain amount of time and effectively managed their workflow. It can also help your team become more attentive and productive with performing routine tasks.

Vibe it up!
OfficeVibe is an online platform with features that apply gamification techniques to improve employee engagement by breaking up routines and building a more stimulating workplace. Employees are given weekly “missions” such as praising a coworker, going for a workout, or taking a group photo. They receive points in one of five categories upon completion: wellness, productivity, social, environment and generosity. They receive rewards once they reach a certain number of points.

VR Games
I am sure many of you would disagree but I believe that games like ‘Call of Duty’ and “PUBG’ can actually enhance team bonding like nothing else. A bunch of people going on war and protecting each other? It doesn’t get better than that. Business can be war sometimes and these soldiers are bound to look out for each other when the push comes to shove.

Tell us in the comment section about the games you play to enhance your productivity. Stay Home Stay Safe 🙂

Avinash Somjani is an intern at utobo and he is currently pursuing his MBA at SIBM Bengaluru. He is passionate about sports, science fiction, history and the ever changing colour of his pen.