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Gamification as a Means of Enhancing Employee Engagement

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Gamification as a means of Enhancing Employee Engagement

Driving higher levels of employee engagement is turning into a major challenge for organizations across the globe. One such strategy for enhancing employee engagement is the implementation of the concept of gamification.

Organizations can use it to motivate and empower their listless workforce to enhance their productivity and performance efficiency.

Research has shown that gamification in organizations can enhance engagement, productivity, and happiness of the workforce by more than 80%.

What is Gamification in the Workplace?

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Contrary to popular belief, gamification is not about turning a workplace into an arena for playing games.

Gamification is about using elements of gaming in a non-gaming environment such as business to drive workforce engagement.

It focuses on human psychology for driving engagement and uses technology to put it to work in a business environment.

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It taps into common motivating factors such as recognition, competition, and rewards and leverages various game elements such as collaboration, opportunities, and progression.

Gamification is one of the few engagement strategies that can be used across key areas within an organization.

What are the Benefits of Workplace Gamification?

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Implementing gamification can provide great benefits for organizations.

Hence, it is a popular choice for bringing about transformation in workplaces with a large number of millennials.

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The most important of these benefits are listed as follows:

How can Gamification be Implemented in the Workplace?

Implementing the concept of gamification within a business environment is slightly more complicated than creating a rewards program.

Organizations should design it strategically to cater to the distinct employee dynamics within a specific work environment.

That is why it is important to consider the following key steps for successful implementation:

Gamification as a means of Enhancing Employee Engagement

1. Understanding employee needs

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Implementing an engagement strategy with gamification needs careful assessment of the needs, goals, preferences, aspirations, and behaviors of employees. 

Obtaining this information provides an organization with the necessary insights for identifying issues that gamification needs to address.

This, in turn, helps the organization to clearly define the basic framework for designing and implementing the concept.

Organizations also need to define employee behaviors concerning the processes for the effective integration of gaming elements.

2. Establishing the business case

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Establishing a robust business case is essential for the successful development and implementation of a gamification program at the workplace.

Hence, this requires proper identification of organizational goals for gamification, the key metrics, and the business impact.

Therefore, for this, organizations need to define expected changes in employee motivation, behavior, and attitude that the program should bring about.

This is essential for defining KPIs relevant to the gamification process and the expected return on investment.

3. Ensuring the involvement of all stakeholders

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Implementing the gamification program requires the contribution of various stakeholders within the organization.

So, ensuring the active involvement of various stakeholders is essential to achieving the desired outcomes from the implementation of the program.

Hence, for this, the organizations need to align the program with the core objectives of the organization.

Importantly, employees, who are the biggest stakeholders in the process, should be aware of the expectations from the program.

4. Measuring progress – repeat and refresh

Measure The Impact Of The Program

Also, measuring the outcomes of implementing the gamification program through various pre-defined KPIs is essential for ensuring its success.

Project leaders also need to interact with various stakeholders to gain a proper understanding of their experience with the program.

This information along with the program KPIs can be used to fine-tune the program. 

Hence, this approach of repetitive feedback and refreshing the program can help the organizations leverage the maximum out of it.


When done right, workplace gamification has the potential to create the outcomes that it promises in the form of changed behaviors and attitudes, significant improvement in employee engagement, and a rise in productivity and efficiency, leading to business growth.

Sagar Chaudhuri

Lead author: Sagar Chaudhuri, the Co-Founder and CEO of HiFives. He is an HR Tech Evangelist with over 25 years of experience in the corporate world and entrepreneurship. In the past, Sagar has worked with companies such as Genpact, Infosys, and ICICI Bank, in leadership roles. He has an engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur and an MBA from IIM Lucknow. Connect on LinkedIn

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