Gamification Spotlight: GOLD™

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A few months back, I had a pretty interesting Skype call with Martina Mangelsdorf, the Founder of GAIA Insights. Martina and I had originally became acquainted through various discussion groups on Linkedin in which I soon learned that her company dealt with customizing leadership development to work with Generation Y talent. I found her concept extremely interesting, so we had multiple conversations about how it works. She soon saw that I was interested in gamification and gave me some great details about the gamification she created called GOLD™ (Game Oriented Leadership Development), which is targeted for Gen Y.

Here are some of the amazing details Martina told me in regard to GOLD™:

  • GOLD™ was created for the workplace that is targeted for Gen Y and is considered the future of learning.
  • It is a built on the principle of games, focusing on methodology of leadership development.
  • It caters to the values and attributes of Gen Y.
  • It aims for emotional engagement and transformational insights.

The benefits of GOLD™ are:

  • It engages Gen Y on their terms.
  • It offers unique experiences to develop leadership capabilities.
  • It addresses defined learning objectives in unconventional ways.
  • It fosters sustainable learning through emotional memory anchors.
  • It develops better leaders which will directly impact your business and bottom line.
  • It finds ways to engage employees, so lessons stay with them down the line.

What makes GOLD™ unique?

  • It has a defined learning objective.
  • It creates engaging interaction.
  • It promotes social collaboration.
  • It allows transformational insight.
  • Participants can receive instant gratification.
  • It is a memorable experience.
  • And, of course, it’s fun!

Martina shared her version of GOLD™ that gave me some fantastic insight on what the benefits and principles were. I was really impressed that a game could promote learning that can easily be absorbed by employees through memory anchors. Being a Gen Yer myself, I felt that this was an amazing way to engage employees to learn quicker. I think this could help benefit any company, hands down.

More information about GOLD™, GAIA Insights, and Martina:

GAIA Insights

About GAIA

Martina Mangelsdorf LinkedIn

Gamification Article by IEDP

The Buzz on Gamification

As I’ve been conducting my research to find resources for my daily blog posts, I seemed to be spotting the word “gamification” popping up more and more. I became intrigued once I saw this term trending on a more regular basis and finally decided to investigate what all the hype was about. I had figured that it had something to do with video games or gaming of the sort, so you could imagine my pleasant surprise when I learned that it was much more than that. Gamification does involve some of the structure and competitive aspects of games, but this trend is used to help increase employee and/or customer engagement. Needless to say, the topic was perfect for my post today.

In short, gamification is the concept of integrating game-like function and processes into non-gaming activities. Some common consumer examples of this would be frequent flyer miles for airlines or hotel upgrades for hotel chains. However, gamification has taken on a whole new form for human resources. Companies now use this concept as a tool for recruiting, employee engagement, recognition/rewards, and employee wellness programs. Some examples of these are as follows:

  • Recruiting: Companies have created games that are similar to Facebook’s Farmville or The Sims, but customized a structure that is relevant to the company and job function. The idea is for candidates to virtually display their abilities to multitask, perform job functions, and handle unexpected issues. Recruiters are able to see the candidates’ activity and distinguish which individuals clearly display the competency and experience needed to successfully perform the job duties. It is considered to be a virtual way to “test drive” candidates before hiring them.
  • Employee Engagement: Gamification can tap into employees’ competitive side which will increase their motivation to do certain tasks. This can also help employees be more engaged while doing boring, mind-numbing functions.  In addition to motivation, this tool can allow employees to collaborate easily and work as a team towards organizational goals. Collaboration can help employees build relationships with one another which will also increase employee engagement.
  • Recognition/Rewards: Gamification can allow managers to see which employees are putting in the effort and also determine which employees have the qualities that are worthy of reward or promotion. This can give all employees an even playing field instead of allowing the more outgoing employees to have the upper hand in catching management’s attention. On the other hand, if a company does not have the resources for monetary rewards (which can be common with the downturn of the economy), gamification can give employees awards and recognition. Even a simple thank you or virtual award can go a long way with employees.
  • Health/Wellness Programs: Gamification can be a fantastic way to get your employees on a healthier track. For example, I worked at a company where majority of employees sat through their shifts and obesity and health issues were becoming a problem. The company started a contest where employees were to set exercise goals and log their workouts on an online website for three months. At the end of the contest, the individual that lost the most weight and/or inches would win an iPad. Employees loved this contest. Even if they did not win the prize, they still felt like winners because they had now made a workout regimen routine and were seeing results.

Gamification can help make HR professionals’ jobs a lot easier and also provide some great benefits for employees. Employees will feel happier going to work, can grow professionally, prove that they’re worthy of promotion, and can even help their health. I suggest that more companies take a look at which “games” would be useful to their company and test it out. The results may be interesting!

More information on gamification:

Forbes: Gamification: Three Ways To Use Gaming For Recruiting, Training, and Health & Wellness.

Gamification Summit Videos.

Gamification.org

Employers and Brands Use Gaming to Gauge Engagement.