Remote work is the new normal. Companies are turning to remote work in droves. There are thousands of resources about how to work efficiently from home, but there are three things, oftentimes, that are missing from them: collaboration, community and connection.
The average employee spends eight-plus hours at work every day. That’s eight hours of socializing, collaboration and intellectual competition. Work is not just a place we go to accomplish tasks. It’s a community. For some, it can be a second family. This connection has been stripped away and employees are starving for the human element of work.
While nothing can replace face-to-face connection, businesses can use technology to help maintain an emotional and intellectual connection among colleagues while they’re working from home. Online web conference tools like Skype, GoToMeeting, Zoom, Google Hangouts, UberConference, Microsoft Teams and others can bolster collaboration and socialization while teams are working remotely. Teams looking to foster a sense of community may consider trying virtual lunch breaks, virtual happy hours, and virtual games. Colleagues who play competitive games have been shown to perform better, show more engagement and feel more relaxed. This healthy competition fosters community and emotional connections in real time and can inspire creativity and motivate a team.
As the number of remote workers continues to grow, we need to pay special attention to our communities. That means cultivating relationships and reinventing how we socialize. It’s critical to engage your team from a distance, especially with the majority of the workforce working remotely. Whether the goal is training, team building or collaboration, social connections are key for building stronger, healthier communities.
In this discussion, we will explore how to connect employees within a virtual game-based learning environment that allows for friendly competition and interaction. Implementing virtual games, and games in general, requires active participation, reinforces knowledge, improves retention, engages employees, increases attention, sustains focus, drives improvement, and allows employees the opportunity to practice in a safe environment.
We will discover how trainers can unveil play patterns in real time for employees. Analyzing specific data points can include the number of users, game scores, game play sessions, session duration, percentage of questions answered correctly or incorrectly, total questions answered, and behavioral trends of each game play.