May 21

Got Gamification? Part 3


Keeping it old school vs. going with the new age games

With all of the advancement in technology it is easy to get swept up by the digital world, even when it comes to business games. Some companies have opted to train employees through online game modules and the like, while others are either still using the old PowerPoint approach or just plain board games. These various approaches to training can leave people confused or wondering what method can serve them best. While for some managers the method they’ve chosen until now has been based on personal preference, some of these approaches will give better results than others for specific goals.

The truth about application based games

There is a basic allure to application-based games. They’re what is in, they can be tailored to run on your computer, tablets and some even on cellphones. And truth be told, application based games are an amazing tool to reach a wide audience of your employees, not to mention their high appeal. Think of your gamer buddies, the way they get excited when playing a video game and how involved they can become in beating a mission. Application based games are good for excitement in the workplace, but more specifically for routine work. Further on, the rewards and incentives in computer games drive employees to perform better. Overall they are good for process improvement and for short-term changes in an organization. Those are the attributes of application-based games; they can drive up your company awareness and even employees’ engagement.

Board games do matter

Where does this leave us with board games? To many of us board games may seem like a thing of the past. Something we played with our parents or the sort of thing we bring out once in a while when we are with friends. The truth is that board games are more valuable than they lead on to believe. According to recent studies, board games are better for training and business communication. Let that sink in. Yes board games, the stuff Monopoly and Ludo are made of. This is because board games have something application based games do not have, and that is visuality. While yes you can play board-based games on your computer, or even tablets, your device does most of the mental work that you would regularly do in a board game, thus taking away some of the learning process. That is why bard games are best for long-term changes in an organization, training and business communication. While its application to business communication may not be so apparent, it all has to do with the fact that a board game allows real time, face-to-face connectivity to fellow players.

Games are revealing

Whatever the approach and goals you may have for your business, remember that business games can reveal leadership ambitions, creativity of players and management abilities. This means that if a game is fun and engaging, you will help your employees feel better and more informed afterwards. So keep your eyes open because you may learn more from your players than you may think.



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