How Play at Work Makes Work.. Work

It’s a touchy subject: does promoting “play” (or gamification) at work actually make your employees more engaged? It’s a topic that I’ve broached with many senior leaders with varying and valid concerns, mainly:

  1. Gamification can’t truly drive productivity because it is too much of a distraction.
  2. Doesn’t it foster competition rather than drive community and collaboration?
  3. Current internal portal structure doesn’t support or enable gamification technologies.
  4. Correlation between gamification and business performance is unclear.

Target Work Activities to Reward Desired Behavior

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50 Shades of Engagement

Update: A version of this post was published on Ragan Communications: “50 definitions of employee engagement” on August 6, 2012. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this post!

With the evolution and growing attention to employee engagement one thing has become very clear. Employee engagement comes in many shades, different definitions. It’s a concept that outwardly has a very simple meaning, but we know underneath, there are multiple layers, multiple shades that add to its complexity. Its meaning and how you define it can vary depending on your role, your organization, your individual satisfaction and even personal happiness. The levels of interest vary: there are those who don’t understand its value and won’t take part at all, those who play more of the voyeur, watching as it  happens, and then there are  those who are eager participants, actively driving and leading engagement efforts. We also know that how organizations define and promote employee engagement has evolved over time and has varying shades of definitions depending on the needs of the organization.

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Social Collaboration is Here to Stay

Original Source: The State of Social Collaboration, Central Desktop

Social collaboration is here to stay.  In less than five years, the dialogue around social collaboration has shifted from skepticism to “expecticism.”

In the near future, software vendors won’t differentiate on whether or not they are social – virtually all business software will be inherently social. The intranets of tomorrow will ALL be like Facebook. Rapid and hyper collaboration tools that leverage the entire company and remote workers will be “table stakes” in the enterprise.

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