23 Ways to Gamify your Company

Gamification is the new way to improve your business.

It is the new way of thinking. It helps engage employees and teach them new skills and information while entertaining them and measuring their progress. In the fast pace world of today, a business cannot afford to go without it. Here are 23 ideas to help you gamify your business.

  • 1. Know your purpose

    An important aspect of gamification is knowing who you are targeting and why. Who is your audience? What are you trying to do by attracting their attention? Your techniques need to apply to your audience and
  • 2. Engage employees.

    “When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” –Simon Sinek. Give them a reason to be involved and they will contribute all that they can offer.
  • 3. Implicate social media.

    The world has been overcome completely by social media. It’s what drives today’s youth. Incorporate social media into your company and the interest of the employees will be spiked. Work becomes interesting and fun, part of the day’s highlights. Involving social media allows for a fast pace workplace and will help employees stay interested and invested in their work.
  • 4. Hold a social media contest.

    Contests allow for people to express their creativity and think of new ideas. It gives them a chance to become an individual rather than just a work drone and allows for another opportunity to improve themselves and progress. Combine that with social media and have employees working not only inside, but also outside of the workplace to better the company.
  • 5. Offer rewards.

    A good way to get people involved is to offer rewards. People are always motivated by incentives. Performance is improved when people are given a reason to perform. Offer rewards for good performance.
  • 6. Provide points.

    When I was little my mother used a point system to get my brothers and I to behave. As we went along doing what we were told, we received points for certain tasks and as the points totaled we could “buy” different rewards. A simple system works wonders and not only on kids. We can see in businesses everywhere that small incentives to earn rewards prompt people to work harder and be more invested.
  • 7. Include levels.

    Along with points, incorporating different levels based on accomplishments at work are a good way to encourage people to get involved. Just like virtual games use levels to chart progress, the same can be done in your business to help employees get motivated.
  • 8. Comprise challenges.

    As the African proverb goes, “Smooth seas don’t make for skillful sailors.” Challenges force us to use our mind and our strength to overcome. People grow stronger with resistance. Present employees with hard but entertaining challenges. They will work harder to overcome them and feel accomplished when they do.
  • 9. Create competitions.

    Everyone likes to win; it’s as simple as that. If a competition is offered, people work harder, more diligently and do better because they have incentive to do so. Create opportunities for competitions. It will attract attention and encourage results.
  • 10. Offer recognition.

    Let’s face it, people love to be recognized. The possibility of fame, even if it’s just in the company, is a strong drive for any person. When one is recognized for his or her accomplishments, a sense of self-pride is felt accompanied by a desire to work harder and achieve more. It’s a reward that cannot be matched.
  • 11. Select a method to measure results.

    Whether it be an online progress tracker or a wall of success, people need to see their progress. In the words of Thomas S. Monson, “Where performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates.” People perform better when they know how they are doing and that their progress is being tracked.
  • 12. Allow visibility.

    A great way to implicate gamification in your company is to offer an online way to track progress. Technologies such as Clearview give employees an interesting way to be able to see how they are doing and where they need to improve. It’s a good way to encourage improvement while attracting attention and keeping the employees involved.
  • 13. Give instant feedback.

    Like visibility, instant feedback allows employees to improve on their own. Give them instant feedback on what they’re doing well and how they can improve. The faster the feedback, the faster the improvement.
  • 14. Construct more interesting surveys.

    Just as visibility and feedback allow employees to improve, surveys help the company as a whole advance. But surveys can be dull and inconvenient, discouraging employees to take the time to offer their thoughts. Make the surveys more fun and game-like in nature, with well-written questions and more interesting processes. Make them worthwhile. You will receive more quality answers from more people.
  • 15. Make more weighted surveys.

    Along with being boring, surveys can also seem pointless if the answers, requests and comments are not taken into consideration. With weighted surveys, employees know their opinions are valued and therefore will continue working to improve both themselves and the company in general.
  • 16. Use sign-ins to collect data.

    Another way to chart progress is to create sign ins to collect data. When a person knows they are being charted, they tend to perform better and stay more focused. Sign ins help you keep track of your employees and see how they are improving their efficiency.
  • 17. Don’t set limits.

    Call it cheesy but shooting for the stars needs to be understood by everyone in the company. The sky is the limit. If people hear that they can’t do something, they often begin to believe it. Placing limits on possibilities lowers performance. Inspire improvement.
  • 18. Set goals.

    Progression requires goals. As Paul J. Meyer said, “Crystallize your goals. Make a plan for achieving them and set yourself a deadline. Then, with supreme confidence, determination and disregard for obstacles and other people’s criticisms, carry out your plan.” That is the only way to success.
  • 19. Create a common vision.

    Imagine if every employee in your company had the same goals and visions as you. Success would be imminent with each person working together towards a common goal. Display the vision that you have. Show others why they are doing what they are doing. Create a common vision and each employee will work with you to accomplish that goal.
  • 20. Provide a sense of urgency.

    Now is the time to build your company. Tomorrow will be too late. It is critical that employees feel a sense of urgency in the workplace. Create an environment that is comfortable but fast-paced. Encourage them to do all that they can today. Don’t let it wait.
  • 21. Teach loss aversion.

    In economics and decision theory, loss aversion is defined as a people’s tendency to strongly prefer avoiding losses to acquiring gains. Most studies suggest that losses are twice as powerful, psychologically, as gains (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loss_aversion). Teach your employees that loss is unacceptable and they will strive to win.
  • 22. Supply the ability.

    People cannot accomplish anything without the means to succeed. Gamify your company by giving your employees the ability and the means to accomplish tasks and reach goals. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Provide the way.
  • 23. Change the environment.

    Some workplaces tend to be dull and uninteresting, making it so employees hate their job and become bored and uninvested. In a slow environment, people just go through the motions instead of working hard and becoming actively engaged in the company cause. Make the work environment light and upbeat, encouraging employees to enjoy themselves and take pride in their work.