Updated: 4 days ago
Games make us feel like a kid again. They relieve stress, create bonds, motivate, help us retain information better, help us practice skills, and are fun. However, some may think that games have no place at work, they are a waste of time, and only for kids.
I am here to tell you that games at work can increase productivity, engagement, employee satisfaction, attract new talent, and retain employees longer. There are even more benefits. A HubSpot article mentions how games can help improve trust, relieve stress, and make work less mundane. This Entrepreneur article also talks about games increasing productivity, helping teams socialize, and reduce stress.
But aren't they a waste of time?
Definitely not. Especially if they have a purpose. Any kind of game promotes team bonding and camaraderie. However, games can be combined with a goal in mind. Like promoting teamwork, psychological safety, or creativity.
There are some downfalls though. The benefit will be short lived if not done on a regular basis. That's why we recommend our programs occur continually. That way, the bonds, learning, and skills are not quickly forgotten. Instead they become stronger with each session.
There are several games that promote teamwork. You can search the internet and quickly find many. There are also many new collaborative and cooperative board games on the market today. Try one out and see how it goes.
You can make your own game. Turn a brainstorm session into a contest with awards for the weirdest, cheapest, or funniest ideas. Use your imagination and get your game on!