New Management Trend Is Gamification of the Workplace

The Cadillac Eldorado and steak knives used as motivators in the movie Glengarry Glen Ross are so old-school. Today, companies are using the kind of competitive tactics common to video games to motivate their employees, the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports. The trend is known as the gamification of the workplace. Some companies are awarding points or badges for meeting deadlines and goals or completing jobs. Some are using leaderboards so employees can see how they are doing relative to their co-workers. The story cites several real-life examples: • IBM uses video games to simulate business scenarios. • Deloitte uses digital games to train executives [Read More]