Playing Games At Work Is Also Good For You

from the well,-there-goes-my-day dept

At first I thought this was another reference to the study we mentioned earlier in the week saying that personal surfing at work was good for you, but it appears to be a completely different study saying that playing video games at work may be good for you, as well. They're really talking about the same general concept, though. Having your brain always on the full "on" position isn't good for productivity. Being able to take short breaks to recharge your brain is much better - whether it's surfing the sports pages or playing a little solitaire. Of course, we suggested this back in May, saying that some were already questioning whether playing games at work might be good for you, as beyond just a typical break it can also encourage certain activities (such as teamwork, if you get people playing a team-based game). As for this study, it's amusing to note that the researchers had a lot of trouble finding companies willing to let their employees play games. However, the results show that workers who got to play up to an hour of games a day were more productive and more satisfied in their jobs. Of course, someone will come along and point out that if people are just playing games, no work will get done - but nowhere is anyone saying that people should play games all day long. However, as a way to take a break here and there, it appears that it may be a lot more beneficial than harmful. Anyway, now that I've said that, I'm off to go spend the rest of the day personal surfing, napping and playing video games...

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    Cheryl Khan, 4 Dec 2013 @ 8:03am

    Company Culture

    I'm in the middle on this issue. I do agree that workers perform better when they are happy. However, I wonder how playing computer games will be beneficial for the company as a whole. At FourSquare, they do have a relaxed culture. Check it out here:

    http://bit.ly/1azjRYP

    They are allowed to play games (similar to Google but these multi-player games build cohesion amongst the group. The link talks about game tables being used as a "team-building" device at work. Hehe Forward it to your boss!

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