Monday, 13 August 2021
Working from home and stuck behind a screen; it can be a very lonely experience for the pandemic-era virtual workforce. This isolation and lack of organic interaction, over time, is not only demotivating but can result in reduced attention to work which ultimately impacts productivity.
While riding out this pandemic, why not make the work from home experience a little more exciting for your employees? You can do this by adding the concept of gamification to your virtual collaboration and meeting tools.
Gamification is the act of using typical game-world elements into business and professional contexts. The goal is to stimulate employee's involvement and personal growth in the workplace, which will help influence their work motivation.
Of course, working from home requires a different context, as you will now have to add virtual events to increase engagement and attention during these virtual sessions whether it be through collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams or online meetings.
But these gamification strategies promise to be successful where you can see positive changes in your employee's habits and behavioural performances!
There are a number of game-world elements and mechanics you can use in a workplace including:
In this era of work from home, everything has become a one-direction address on screen. What used to be socialising activities like employee onboarding, company events and training sessions, can easily become a form of disconnect to those merely watching from the other side.
Which is why gamification can play a big role to overcome this. But if you’re worried about the efficacy of gamification, here are some numbers to convince you. A survey conducted by TalentLMS on Gamification in the workplace in 2019 revealed that employees say gamification makes them feel more productive (89%) and happier (88%) at work.
The results also shared that 83% of those who receive gamified training feel motivated, while 61% of those who receive non-gamified training feel bored and unproductive. Hence, if done well, gamification has a high chance of motivating your employees to improve and perform better, even when working from home. What’s important is keeping them engaged.
But how do you do that? Well, here are some tried and tested ways to consider!
After knowing what gamification elements and mechanics are available, it’s time to apply some strategies for your employees who are working from home and utilise your virtual collaboration and meeting tools to what it is worth.
What’s important is that all these strategies can be done with the help of online apps and plug-ins that are available through Microsoft Teams and more.
Here’s how you can gamify:
If your company is driven by sales, it’s great to throw in some healthy competition to keep things active.
Setting up a leaderboard is an ideal way to let everyone see their performance. For example, in Microsoft Teams you can do this using the Incentives App. Not only can they see who is doing well, but you can set it up so that those in the top spot can get bigger rewards. This will keep those in the sales department motivated to gain a bigger slice of the rewards pie!
For project collaborations, how about gamifying the activity by creating award groups or team members instead of just individuals? You can set points for tasks completed and groups with the highest number of points will be the winner.
If there were groups that performed above and beyond the set tasks, be sure to give them a shout-out. Create a cadence to meet regularly online and celebrate their success in a virtual awards ceremony!
Majority of online learning and training sessions are structured in ways that can be tiresome to attend. Even more so if they are seen as an obligation.
You can turn this around by making these as live-hosted sessions with opportunity to network through gameplay while the learnings as conquests that needs to be won. Set up challenges, badges, and even completion levels within these sessions through tools like Kahoot! or Quizziz to keep the sessions interactive while participants can see their success as they gain knowledge. Don't forget to give your employees the chance of receiving feedback too as this can be a great way to make them feel included.
You can also make virtual company events a lot more interactive through Mentimeter by conducting activities like pop quiz, polls, or even word cloud and more to keep viewers engaged and encourage participation.
Make this even more exciting by offering prizes to be won for activities like best presentation, best themed photo, or best themed outfit and setup where viewers get to be the judges and vote.
Presentations on specific topics and webinars does not have to be just that. You can pique your audience’s curiosity and interest by providing them with an incentive to do so. Some of the ways include conducting activities like a digital scavenger hunt by having them look out for easter eggs or clues at the background while a presentation is running.
For example, the audience have to spot and screenshot a specific presentation slide, or even keep count of specific object or phrases used during the entire presentation. This will keep those watching the presentation more alert and will drive attendance because they have something fun to look forward to!
Break the ice and get employees to communicate with each other by setting up multiplayer games for everyone to enjoy and improve socialisation. For example, you can use Jackbox Games where anyone can play, or if there are active gamers in your teams you can organise an e-sports competition.
Be sure to prepare prizes for the winners and hold an awards ceremony for them too!
Now that you know how easy it is to keep your employees motivated, it’s time to inject some excitement into your fatigued workforce with gamification and start investing in the virtual collaboration tools that you didn’t know you need!
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