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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    Tyson, 20 Jul 2006 @ 7:37am

    Games At Work

    Games at work is and can be productive.

    I play games and surf probly 3 hrs out of my day. However during the other 5 I am productive and out work my co-workers. My numbers within the dept prove this. My numbers are above the average here. if i didnt play these games when I get tired and aggrivated with the job I probly would have quit by now. Now you have the smokers - they waste a godo 10-15 mins every hr smoking. Then they come back and talk and never take calls. also you have the people who work very slowly on purpose. Playing games at work is just fine. Otherwise I would have lost my job by not being "productive" when productivity counts at my job.

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