Why are games so important in organizational change?
Playing games increases trust and psychological safety. The practice establishes healthy group norms and cultures, while increasing open communication and collaboration. Games also increase skill levels and help employees enter highly coveted and immersive flow states for peak productivity.
At this point, you probably think, “Yes, play is an important part of having happy employees. But how this play translate into business outcomes?”
Here are 4 reasons to think of play as a key element in your organization:
- Higher Productivity
Take a minute and think about some sad employees, who are not happy anymore with their job responsibilities. Do you believe those persons are going to perform well and deliver great results? Of course not, they do not have the energy and the willingness to have a positive impact in the team, they will just do their job at an average level.
Now, add the power of play in the equation (a team building, gamified experiences at the office, corporate challenges etc.). Something changes; smiles on sad employees’ faces are rising. Now, they seem proactive and happy because play can do that to people! Do they seem to identify with your organization and have a higher productivity? Yes, indubitable!
- Increased employee retention
We all know how unpleasant is to replace members of your team. The process of hiring new people and training them is a long one and implies many resources. So why don’t you just keep the actual members if you have this option?
When company leaders create workplace cultures where people are happy, they tend to stay longer. Alternatively, in the words of HR expert Carly Guthrie: “People only consider [looking for a new job] if they are truly not content where they are. If you are happy at work, you are not interested in going down that road… Nobody wants that if they are already satisfied.”
Moreover, camaraderie and supportive environments that empower employees to think creatively can go a long way towards stemming attrition.
- Faster Iteration Creates a Competitive Edge
Play creates psychological safety, where employees are willing to take risks. Improved communication creates openness and receptivity to ideas of others. When people play and get silly together, they no longer feel embarrassed or rejected for speaking up their ideas.
In addition, play inspires teams to unite and work together toward a common goal. They form bonds and deepen coworker relationships. This learning transfers over to their work-related efforts.
And the last one…
- Play is a Vital Component of Motivation
Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor are experts at building high performing adaptive cultures. They have developed a framework called Total Motivation (ToMo) outlining the six main reasons people work.
One of the main factors that increases performance is *suspense sounds* PLAY. The authors define it as being motivated by the joy of doing the work itself: “Play is our learning instinct, and it’s tied to curiosity, experimentation, and exploring challenging problems”.
There are many business outcomes from adding play to your organizational culture, but the most important one is that happy employees deliver better results. Read more about the power of play here.
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