Game Mechanics and Productivity in the Workplace
The hottest thing in bringing increased productivity and morale to the workplace is gamification – using game mechanics to bolster your business. All you may want is for your business is for it to run smoothly and your profit margin to stay on the rise, but your employees are after more than just their paychecks. In many ways it’s counter-intuitive and even nonsensical, but a newer generation of employees wants to have fun at their workplace, to be appreciated and to look forward to coming in. The good news is the solutions can not only boost employee satisfaction, but business productivity as well. Gamification, the act of using game mechanics in business practice, can lead to enhanced motivation, better morale and significant productivity boosts for you and your employees.
Offer an Individual Incentive
While a salary and a promotion may be incentive enough for some seasoned employees, younger workers tend to want more out of their jobs and will need more in order to stay motivated. Even small incentives will be enough – and they don’t have to be similar at all. Using a strategy of gamification is simple to get your employees to work harder and with more enthusiasm. For example, offer up a $100 bill that sticks with the rep who gets the best sale as the day goes on. As time passes it’ll get passed around as sales get bigger and more frequent, and finally it will go home with the worker who clinched the biggest sale. It’s a simple and an extremely cost-effective way to boost morale and productivity as your employees strive to do their jobs better.
Offer a Team Incentive
Gamification in the form of friendly competition can do wonders for your business, but if you’d like to inspire teamwork, there are game mechanics that will work for that too. If your firm has many locations, offer a catered lunch, a day out enjoying a fun activity or a small vacation to the location that did the best for a specified period of time. If you’ve got a smaller work force or sales team, tell them they’ll all get some kind of tangible incentive if they can meet a goal that you specify for a short period. Be creative with your incentives. You can offer everything from gift cards to a paid day off to a gourmet meal at the best restaurant in town. It will help your staff all work together for the benefit of everyone – the workers personally, the team as a whole and your company overall.
Though you may hesitate at first to spend money on prizes, incentives or bonuses, it’s imperative to remember that it’s nothing compared to the money you’ll be bringing in thanks to increased productivity and game mechanics in your business. If your employees can enjoy a good time and some friendly competition at work, you’ll soon see your profits and team morale skyrocket.
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