Gamification does not sound familiar? Discover why!

Why? You think that your job is only about delivery. Your job needs to have a playful component that changes your perception of your job duties. In this case, I am not referring to the fact that companies necessarily need to have dedicated areas for fun or relax (i.e. table tennis); having those spaces definitely helps, but I am talking about the job’s content itself. The concept of gamification embeds exactly what I mean: gamification is usually defined as the application of typical elements of game playing (for example competition or points scoring) to other activities.

Diapositiva1Your job is not only delivery… if you think that it is, you are underestimating how important is your psychological well-being at work. In a work psychology design (or redesign) perspective you need to balance your mental energies. This balance is the result of trade off between two universes; on one hand you find the mental stress and the environment pressures and on the other hand the satisfaction in achieving your objectives and the pleasure experienced in taking care of your job duties. In order to have this balance (also in the case of repetitive tasks) you need to be passionate and interested in what you are doing. When you are passionate about something you definitely devote more time to that specific activity than for an unpleasant one. Then, you have the feeling that the time is passing but you do not realize it. Additionally, doing something pleasant keeps you in a good mood, reduces mental stress and allows you to recover your cognitive energies.

Besides being passionate about something, being challenged and setup short-term goals keep you focused and motivated. Then, if you do it in a playful way you will break your job routine. With the gamification approach you could challenge yourself, your colleagues, internal stakeholders or clients; then, being more “playful” can ease the pressure and the distance with the other party (i.e. with colleague or internal stakeholders) and helping you to improve your negotiations’ skills (i.e. with a client). For example, for a recruiter, it could be an idea challenging a hiring manager with respect to the time to fill related to a specific position.

Including this playful component does not diminish your workload, but diversifies the mental impact of your work and the perception of the workload itself.

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