“Work is boring. Games aren’t boring. So let’s make work more like a game,” says Ethan Mollick, assistant professor of management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the US.
Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you were to get up early in the morning ‘intentionally’, put up with the struggles of a 9-5 job, came home all restless, agitated, tired and went straight to bed just to ‘eat, sleep, work, and repeat’. Congratulations, you’d be just like your dad! Boring… Don’t get me wrong, I think our fathers are the most underappreciated role models our life has to offer.
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” as said by a wise man. Thankfully, there are companies that have started practicing the idea of boosting employee morale by introducing games like Pokémon GO at work.
“Pokémon GO has really boosted office morale,” says Stephanie Cartin, co-founder of the social media marketing agency ‘Socialfly’. I am sure there are a few lucky angels in this world who have landed right on their dream job, and get up every morning with a smile on their faces. But for the rest of us unlucky brats, whether we truly like our current job or not, after a while everything starts feeling repetitive. And a small change in a rather monotonous work schedule can have a positive impact on the productivity at the workplace and can help buzz in some creativity.
Stress is a vital part of life but too much stress, especially in stress at work can only lead to the individual feeling trapped. Even Kim Jong-un has to face stress, though he copes with it in a different manner. The effects of chronic stress at work may include depression, anxiety, inability to concentrate, poor judgement and pessimistic (seeing the negative or glass half empty) approach in life.
In order to remind employees of the need to work hard and instill passion in everything they do, recreational activities such as gaming or group outings should be arranged which will help boost productivity and result in a better yield.