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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    Mike (profile), 7 Nov 2003 @ 4:23pm

    Re: Mike, will you hire me

    Sarcasm aside, don't misunderstand the point. If you're playing games or doing personal surfing at work, you better be damn productive when you are working. If you're not getting your work done, then that's no good. For example, a few weeks ago, someone here discovered the game Fishy - which is simple, yet addictive. He admitted to me that he spent the previous half an hour playing the game, and then tried to get me hooked as well. But, this guy gets a ton of work done. Why should I care if he uses a half an hour to play a random game, while getting more work done than two other people during the rest of his time?

    There's a really simple test for all of this. If you're productive, who cares what you're doing every minute of the day. If you're not productive, then clearly, finding out you're playing games all day isn't going to win you any fans.

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