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Insights and commentary on gamification and workforce performance

BusinessEmployee engagementMotivation
July 16, 2020

4 Myths about gamification in contact centres busted

Gamification in contact centres can accomplish so much more than simply drive performance. It humanises the work experience and makes the hard stuff fun.
June 17, 2020

Motivating learners with gamification and rewards

Motivate learners by providing intrinsic rewards that stimulate student interest. Make learning fun again in a gamified or game-based learning environment.
Data insightsEmployee engagementSales performance
May 28, 2020

Setting and tracking KPIs to ensure long-lasting behaviour change

The secret to lasting behaviour change within your in-house sales team lies with tracking KPIs. Here’s why gamification is so useful in this regard.
Employee engagementMotivation
May 14, 2020

The skinny on breaking bad habits in the workplace with gamification

Breaking bad habits is much easier with gamification in mix and you can use it to supercharge your workforce when you do it right. Here’s how.
BusinessEmployee engagementLearning
April 24, 2020

4 Reasons why gamification is the future of the workplace

Wondering what the future of the workplace will look like? Find out more about gamification and how it’s changing global companies for the better.
BusinessEmployee engagementHow to
April 9, 2020

Life in the time of the Coronavirus

Need some ideas on how to successfully organise your gamification team to work remotely during the time of the Coronavirus? Here’s how we did it.
BusinessEmployee engagement
March 26, 2020

9 Frequently asked questions about gamification in HR

Gamification solves many human resources issues. Creating an engaging work environments leads to increased productivity and greater employee retention.
How toMotivationSales performance
March 10, 2020

3 Ways to improve sales team performance with gamification

Real-world examples of how gamification elements improve sales team performance by leveraging core drives and human-focused design.
Data insights
February 18, 2020

Hidden gems of gamification data

Out there is a wealth of gamification data. It is up to you to think like a data analyst and data scientist to tease out the patterns hidden in big…
Employee engagementHow to
February 4, 2020

How to keep employees engaged with gamification

Need to fix flat staff performance? Here’s how to keep employees engaged with gamification.
January 21, 2020

Top 10 gamification trends you don’t want to miss in 2020

We list 10 emerging gamification trends for 2020 to give you insight on the latest developments in the field. Where is gamification headed next?
Human factors that unite your workforceBusinessEmployee engagement
January 7, 2020

The human factors that unite your workforce

Your multi-generational workforce may have vastly different, even opposing needs and values. Gamification can help engage and unite your workforce.
BusinessCustomer loyalty
December 17, 2019

Everyday gamification, loyalty and rewards

Drive engagement with gamification, loyalty and rewards. Examples abound. Read on to see how life is gamified.
Employee engagementLearning
December 5, 2019

Get better survey feedback with gamification

Find out how the principles of gamification can super charge the quality and quantity of survey feedback.
How to
November 29, 2019

Intrinsic and extrinsic rewards: how they work and when to use them

Intrinsic and extrinsic rewards... Both are used at different times to achieve different objectives. Learn the how, and when here.
How toLearning
November 7, 2019

How to personalise compliance training for a better, safer workplace

Data shows traditional compliance training just isn’t working. Learn why gamification is an informed training solution for compliance-savvy employees.
Employee engagementLearning
October 18, 2019

A planning overview for successful behaviour change

For effective behaviour change, use big-picture thinking to get an overview of the many moving parts that make up an effective gamification strategy.
October 10, 2019

Gamification and the microlearning feedback loop

Learn how the efficiency of your gamified microlearning feedback loop allows you to clarify goals, enrich the learning experience and drive engagement.
October 2, 2019

Bringing gamification to life

Bring your gamification to life. Know the importance of goal setting, which rewards work best, ideal task complexity and the social behaviour of users.
Game designLearning
September 5, 2019

Gamification for change: Part 2 – The doors of perception

Can gamification and motivational design effectively change perceptions and ultimately result in measurable action or behaviour? Gamification for change.
August 23, 2019

Recognising the benefits of gamification elements in e-learning

Gamification can improve results in learning environments both conventional and electronic. We look at the benefits of gamification in education.
Employee engagement
August 8, 2019

Gamification for change: Part 1 – A brave new world

Game-elements in politics can influence behaviour. Obama, Clinton and Trump relied on gamification to create awareness, change perception, drive engagement
Game designLearning
July 19, 2019

When gamification is life!

It’s alive! Use gamification to resurrect an ailing project. Stimulate growth and development by treating your workforce like an autonomous life form.
July 12, 2019

9 reasons gamification fails

Beware of these 9 reasons gamification FAILS. Design your program for the WIN!
Game designMotivation
July 4, 2019

Gaming since pre-history: Is Africa the ‘cradle of gamification’?

Do the oldest games we know contain elements of behaviour-changing design? We speculate on their potential for changing behaviour through gamification.
June 20, 2019

Understand extrinsic and intrinsic motivation like a boss

Playa is here to help you understand extrinsic and intrinsic motivation like a boss.
June 6, 2019

Does gamification only motivate Millennials?

Gamified solutions appeal to a multigenerational workforce. Baby Boomers and Gen X-Y-Z all stay engaged with work through applied game theory and mechanics
May 23, 2019

What’s a ‘black hat core drive’ and why do you need to know?

Learn how to convey urgency, scarcity, loss potential with black hat motivators, and drive development, achievement, meaning with white hat motivators.
BusinessSales performance
May 9, 2019

How gamification can turbocharge sales channel performance

Make the leap from mediocrity to meritocracy. Gamification can turbocharge sales channel performance creating sales superheroes.
April 25, 2019

How gamification improves effectiveness of the e-learning experience

Find out how gamification improves effectiveness of the learning experience. There's a lot more than simply ‘bolting on’ game elements.
April 11, 2019

Born to compete

Gamification works because it taps the powerful, instinctive drive that is our love of competition. We propose harnessing it for social good. Are you in?
March 28, 2019

Why achievement badges are effective motivators

Achievement badges are effective motivators for your employees to learn new skills or engage with something new & unfamiliar.
March 7, 2019

The science of using collectables in gamification

Using collectables in gamification sustains engagement and taps into a deep-rooted human drive to collect and acquire things.
February 19, 2019

Is this gamification’s endgame? The future of gamification.

Is gamification's demise eminent? Instead of planning a funeral, we propose a reboot. Hello Motivational Design; the future of gamification.
Employee engagement
February 14, 2019

Why narrative is gamification’s secret learning weapon

The power of narrative in gamification. It elevates gamified engagement above the straightforward and over-applied points, badges and leaderboards.
January 24, 2019

Permission to board. Winning at employee onboarding with gamification.

Employee onboarding generally doesn’t get the attention it deserves. In fact, it’s reported that just 32% of companies have a formalised onboarding process.
BusinessHow to
January 10, 2019

Gamification show and tell

Where are you with gamification? Just getting going, researching your options, or still wondering how it works and what it can do for your business?
BusinessGame design
December 19, 2018

A new take on gamification

Gamification is evolving, as ever more research on motivation creates a broader reference for more purposeful, effective design.
December 13, 2018

7 interesting questions and helpful answers about gamification

Gamification is not exactly a household word just yet, but awareness of the discipline is growing as more organisations get it right and experience the benefits of a human-focused solution…
BusinessEmployee engagementPsychology
November 20, 2018

Make better leaders and have fun doing it. A guide to successful leadership.

Successful leadership is about working together & allowing all voices to be heard. Such skills are difficult to teach, but fairly easy to learn by doing.
BusinessSales performance
November 8, 2018

Killer gamification takes no prisoners

If you have a highly-motivated pack of aggressive sales hounds, you may feel that sales gamification has nothing to offer your business. Well, it does.
October 23, 2018

Two parts gamification, one part content

The importance of high quality, regular content in order to aid a gamification solution cannot be overstated. We describe that content and the benefits.
October 18, 2018

Gamification fast facts

Common facts and misconceptions about gamification in business.
BusinessGame designMotivation
October 4, 2018

Hunger gamification

Good gamification design combines the right active ingredients, in the right order, to create a dynamic, personally satisfying solution.
BusinessEmployee engagement
September 28, 2018

Caution. Feedback can be hazardous to your health.

Fortune 500’s are ditching the annual employee performance review in favour of more frequent feedback. Here's why you should too.
September 25, 2018

It’s all in the brain: Gamification neurochemistry 101

We now know that the brain is triggered and motivated like clockwork. Understanding a (teeny) bit about neurotransmitters can help get gamification right.
gamificationBusinessGame design
September 18, 2018

Getting going with gamification

Gamification is not a one-size-fits-all approach, you need the right tools to deliver the right results, but do you know what results you're looking for?
September 5, 2018

On your marks, get set, learn.

The marriage of gamification and learning is an incredibly clever way to encourage people to learn.
BusinessGame design
August 31, 2018

Gamification five ways

In this blog post, we take a closer look at the difference between gamification and playing games and what it means for your business.
Gamification can inspire financial upliftmentBusinessHow to
August 14, 2018

Gamification inspiring financial upliftment

In this post we explore if we could gamify financial improvement and start a whole social trend toward real financial upliftment in the country?
Change habits with gamificationHow toMotivationPsychology
August 10, 2018

Changing habits with gamification

Find out more about changing habits with gamification in your business.
July 25, 2018

Can gamification impact a wellness culture?

Can gamification impact a wellness culture? We say yes! Read this to find out how.
BusinessHow to
July 18, 2018

5 Ways to put gamification to work

This blog dives into how you can put gamification to work and change organizational behaviour and add value to your business.
understanding the hero's journey in gamificationBusinessPsychology
June 6, 2018

The hero with a thousand faces

In this blog, we explore how the hero's journey can help us understand the player types when building a gamification solution.
gamification is not about playing gamesGame designPsychology
June 4, 2018

Shall we play a game?

Introducing a gamified solution can drive workforce performance, and it does not mean your employees will simply play a game.
Player types for game designBusinessMotivation
May 3, 2018

Know the player, know the game. The 6 player types in game design.

Take a look at the six player types and their motivational drivers used in gamified solutions design. Once you know the player, you'll know the game.
Sales performance
April 30, 2018

What is sales gamification and how does it work?

In this post, we explore sales gamification and how it can be practically used to drive motivation and boost sales.
effective e-learning toolGame designLearning
April 25, 2018

Make your e-learning tool more effective with intelligent gamification

In this post, we look at how intelligent gamification can significantly improve your e-learning tool and learner outcomes.
PerformanceBusinessPsychologySales performance
April 9, 2018

Performance vs fun

By creating an element of fun and by engaging with staff, companies can achieve behaviour change. This is how gamification can improve performance.
BusinessEmployee engagementSales performance
April 4, 2018

Does gamification really enhance employee performance?

In this post, we dive into how businesses can utilize gamification to enhance employee performance.