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Gamification – Is it business that should be doing more for young workers?

Gamification is all about using solutions that aim to increase productivity, moral and participation by making work into a game.  Business owners may think this is the wrong thing to do and that young people should realise that the workplace is not a place for games – but what if it really does work?, what if it does engage younger workers and produce that air of competition to encourage increased productivity?

In recent times Schools have been critised for being overly competitive with many even making sports day with prizes for 1st 2nd and 3rd a thing of the past, instead opting for the “certificate of participation”.  Is this why we now have young people who have lost that competitive nature, the will to better themselves and progress?  Is it the schools that are responsible for our lack luster teenagers that feel they should not be made to work long hours or do physical work and menial tasks?

My feeling is that the word “Reward” is at the heart of the problem, many Schools and workplaces do not place enough emphasis on the rewards, these should be small and regular.  Think about “Gaming”, children happily spend hours addicted to their Xbox or Playstation as it offers those rewards – you have completed the level, completed 75% of the game, been awarded a upgrade, the list goes on – the rewards keep coming.

So what can business learn from this?  No one works for no reward, we would not work for no money, no pat on the back or progression through the ranks.  Maybe the workforce has forgotten that “humans” thrive on reward, the young person much more so than the mature person.  Gamification offers to put the reward back into the workforce, if employees feel part of the overall plan and can see the fruits of their labour on a daily basis then they are more inclined to spend time concentrating on the task, going that extra mile to achieve a goal or ask for help when needed.

So lets embrace young workers, offer them the tools to reward their work, be more positive and rewarding with our words and not blame our schools, parents or government for the state of our young workforce.

Using your head to get ahead

Success can be measured by attitude, if you have a positive attitude, some get up and go then you are likely to do well.  Everyone makes mistakes, some people pay for those mistakes more than others.

One thing that i find interesting is that people in the UK do not seem to like other people being successful.  They say that they got lucky, or had it handed to them “on a plate”!  This is rarely true, but instead of criticizing why not learn from them, replicate their actions, decisions and have a piece of the pie yourself?

When meeting someone you need to be able to use this time to expand your knowledge instead of telling them all about you!

Ask loads of questions, ask about what made them successful, what is the key thing they have learned, how did they measure the risks, what was the source of their inspiration, how did they implement their plans?

I could go on forever, the key thing is to use them as a source of inspiration for yourself, to find other avenues that you may not of thought of, help you to prevent costly mistakes or build a relationship with them, and who does not like talking about themselves?

Does the company you keep determine the benefits you reap?

Surround yourself with successful people and it may just rub off on you!!

Inspiration for young workers

Each day i speak to people who seem stuck in a rut.  They list all the reasons that their career has not taken off or they are not able to progress with life.  I was one of those children who really did not know what i wanted to do when i left school.  There was no plan or strategy, no wild dreams or goals.  Life seemed a bit pointless and had no clear direction.

I seemed to try different things and set myself some goals that were then quashed because i either did not have the experience or i made costly mistakes.  Being young was a decisive drawback, but in hindsight i am so glad i was able to experience the range of jobs and experiences that i did.

Early work experience when young does surpress the entrepenuer in people. It is like the class system but worse, young workers are made to feel useless, they do not have the skills or experience to be of use to a company, but times are changing.  With internet technology and a social market place the young generation are coming into their own.  Companies now need young workers who have their fingers on the pulse of what is hot and trending to market their brand. Employers are looking for “out of the box” workers not “highly qualified and 20yrs experience”.  The young people are taking over the business world, now more than ever they are being taken seriously as top business developers.

I urge young people to start their own businesses, find a mentor and explore their business ideas.