It is a well-known fact that Team-building is important for effective productivity within corporations, but it can be costly and time-consuming.
On top of that, the wrong activities applied to workers can have the opposite desired effect. For instance, if an executive decision takes away the weekend from a coworker to do rope challenges in the middle of the wild, it can be felt as being away from individual quality time with family and a weasel move from the company to not waste productivity from the work schedule. On the other hand, in some cases, it is not possible to stop production at mid-week.
A survey found that 86% of workplace failures are attributed to ineffective team collaboration, despite 97% of employees and executives believing that team alignment is essential to their productivity.
So what to do? Here is the answer.
Multiplayer co-op video games were to be studied for team building and the results are astonishing:
- Productivity more than doubled,
- In very short periods (45 minutes),
- Without removing workers from their environment,
- Low cost and risk solution,
- There are multiplayer game genres for everyone,
- The entire team can engage as a whole in a virtual space.
The study has been performed with two games: Halo and Rock Band. But it easily inferred to other multiplayer video games like CS:GO, League of Legends, Call of Duty and KEO
(yes, that’s ours but is solid for team building.)
According to research on online games, players are drawn to them for the chance to succeed, for entertainment, for immersive experiences, and for player interactions. Video games can be used as a tool to achieve a range of important goals, including education, training, gaining experience in challenging situations, and fostering social networks.
People develop their ability to rely on and be dependable on other team members, which leads to the development of relationships and the improvement of collaboration abilities. Furthermore, these team skills can and do transfer to their collaborative work in high-tech, cross-functional, team-centered companies.
Source: National Library of Medicine