I really enjoyed reading Jane McGonigal’s book. What instantly struck me and kept recurring to me was how games or a gaming attitude could be applied in the work place. Throughout the book McGonigal gives example after example how games can get us through something whether it be a personal escape or a social platform for someone to interact with the other people. Even in fixes, games help move things along or get things done that we wouldn’t ordinarily want to do. In line with McGonigal’s idea of bringing gaming into what we do everyday and making a better world I thought of the application of her theory to the work place. What better place than work? 95% of us don’t love what we’re doing and are either working to work or working while we finish school (college anyone?). The other 5% love what they do and working isn’t work.
Why not make work into a game? give points? take points away? Award winners weekly, biweekly, or monthly? The rules and points would change per job site but it would beneficial. No more mundane work just to work. Risk and reward systems implemented almost like commission. I know if my work was a game and we got points for service or fast times that would help my days and life there be a lot easier. Thoughts? How would making your job a game change your view of it?