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How You Can Use Games To Dramatically Improve Employee Engagement

We’re a quarter of the way into 2023! So it’s time to take a look at how your company is doing with one of the biggest challenges employers face today: employee engagement.




In the era of “quiet quitting,” actively working to improve employee engagement is essential to protecting one of your most important business assets: your people. According to the Gallup article, “U.S. Employee Engagement Needs a Rebound in 2023” it’s an ongoing problem: only 32% of full- and part-time employees are actively engaged at work, and nearly one in five (18%) is actively disengaged.


In a nutshell, that means that over two-thirds of the workforce isn’t engaged in their work.


We don’t have to tell you that’s a big problem.


Suggestions for Improving Employee Engagement

The Gallup article wasn’t all doom and gloom - it included a number of areas where companies can improve to increase employee engagement at work. These include:


  • Clarity of expectations

  • Connection to the mission or purpose of the company

  • Opportunities to learn and grow

  • Opportunities to do what employees do best

  • Feeling cared about at work

Of the recommendations, clarifying expectations in particular is a relatively easy problem to solve. Clarifying expectations in a way that employees understand and resonate with just takes understanding how different people process and communicate information.

And here’s the good news: clarifying expectations is a skill that can easily be practiced and improved by playing games!

Clarifying Expectations Through Games

Imagine you’re in a group of people learning a new game together, and no one knows how to play it. Some people will read the instructions, some people will want to watch a video of other people playing, and others will want to dig in and start playing and consult the rules as they go. Everyone has a different way of learning and processing information.

Expectations at work, both generally and for specific projects, are very similar to game instructions. If you want your employee engagement to improve, you need to understand how your people process those expectations.

  • Do they need the expectations written out?

  • Do they need to hear them verbally?

  • Do they need to have a conversation about those expectations so they can process them out loud?

The Gallup article lists clarifying expectations as one of the most important ways to improve engagement. And it starts with understanding how different team members comprehend instructions, understand rules, and process information. If you approach learning a game with the expectation that you’ll see how your team members learn, you’ll get valuable takeaways on how best to communicate with them.


Want to learn more about how to use games to improve employee engagement? Check out our website at https://www.barometerxp.com/, and schedule your demo today!

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