Playa Gamification Blog

Insights and commentary on gamification and workforce performance

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April 11, 2019

Born to compete

  Gamification works because it taps into the powerful and instinctive drive that is our love of competition. We propose harnessing this innate human characteristic for social good. Are you in?

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March 28, 2019

Why achievement badges are effective gamification motivators

  Gamification and engagement solutions that work! Motivate your employees to learn new skills or engage with something new and unfamiliar. Acknowledge accomplishment and proficiency by awarding...

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March 7, 2019

Pick me, pick me

  The science of using collectables in gamification.

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February 19, 2019

Is this gamification’s endgame?

  For as long as gamification has been around, experts have been predicting its demise. Instead of planning a funeral, we propose a reboot. Move over gamification. Hello Motivational Design.

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February 14, 2019

Why narrative is gamification's secret learning weapon

The power of narrative in gamification 

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January 24, 2019

Permission to board

Employee onboarding doesn’t get the attention it deserves at most organisations.

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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? 

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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. So, let’s call gamification for what it is: motivational design.

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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 to...

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November 20, 2018

Make better leaders and have fun doing it

Gone are the days of dictators and autocrats in the workplace. These days, successful leadership is about working together and allowing all voices to be heard. Such skills are remarkably...

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November 8, 2018

Killer gamification takes no prisoners

If you’re lucky enough to employ a highly-motivated pack of aggressive sales hounds, you may feel that gamification has nothing to offer your business. In truth, you couldn’t be more wrong. Read...

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October 23, 2018

Two parts gamification, one part content

We’re experts at using cutting-edge gamification strategies to engage and motivate your employees. Once we’ve got their attention, however, it’s up to you to make sure there’s plenty of meat in...

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October 18, 2018

Gamification fast facts

By 2023, the global gamification market is predicted to reach 19.39 billion dollars.

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October 16, 2018

Uniting your workforce with gamification

There’s a common misconception that gamification is an actual game. Which is probably because of the name.

TAGS:  Performance

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October 4, 2018

Hunger gamification

What gets you out of bed in the morning? Screaming toddlers don’t count, I’m talking about the essential you. What’s the intrinsic need, the raison d’etre, that moves you to get up, get out and...

TAGS:  Performance

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September 28, 2018

Caution. Feedback can be hazardous to your health.

In a long-overdue rehaul of industrial era performance management practices, a host of Fortune 500’s have ditched the annual employee performance review in favour of more frequent feedback. 

TAGS:  Performance

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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 the main neurotransmitters is key to getting gamification right.

TAGS:  Performance

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September 18, 2018

Getting going with gamification

Where are you going with gamification? Do you need to energise contact centre performance? Maybe drive sales targets? Gamification can get you there. Get off to a good start with these quick tips.

TAGS:  Design

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September 5, 2018

On your marks, get set, learn.

Using games to facilitate learning is a strategy that’s been around forever. 

TAGS:  E-learning

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August 31, 2018

Gamification five ways

If you still can’t quite get your head around games, game design, gamification, and what any of it has to do with your business, you’re missing a big opportunity to add huge value. Let’s review.

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August 14, 2018

Gamification inspiring financial upliftment

As you’ve probably noticed from my most recent blogs, I’ve been going through a bit of a personal wellness journey, using gamification to help me improve my overall health and fitness.

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August 10, 2018

Changing habits with gamification

If you’ve ever tried to break a habit, you understand the often-tormented pattern of emotions that come with the effort. The initial rationale and brave resolve, the pull of temptation, the...

TAGS:  Performance

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July 25, 2018

Can gamification impact a wellness culture?

In a previous blog article, Fun vs performance, I talked about how Gamification can influence performance and illustrated my point with the formula  “F+E2 = P (Fun plus engagement squared equals...

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July 18, 2018

5 Ways to put gamification to work

The spectacular rise of gamification, from a commercial non-starter in 2002 to a USD 2.17 billion global industry in 2017 belies the persistent confusion about what it is and what it can do for...

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June 6, 2018

The hero with a thousand faces

Don’t worry, this is not Game of thrones and I am not saying that your players will join forces with the Faceless Men. 

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June 4, 2018

Shall we play a game?

New gamification clients often start conversations with a request to build a game. As providers of gamification solutions, we are not game developers and yet for most providers of gamification...

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May 3, 2018

Know the player, know the game

The six player types, which were initially developed using the Bartles model in 1996 and then refined by Marczewski in 2015 form a vital part of the key messages found throughout our blog.

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April 30, 2018

What is sales gamification and how does it work?

A common problem that gamification projects face is that very few people understand the subtleties of how it works. Most can get their heads around the workings of simple systems, but more complex...

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April 25, 2018

Make your e-learning system more effective through intelligent gamification

The attractiveness of e-learning is unmistakable and may become the only way education is consumed in the future. Effectiveness is multiplied when a well-designed layer of gamification is applied.

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April 9, 2018

Fun vs performance

Companies of today need to be relevant, innovative, high performing and customer centric. To achieve this they need to ensure they have clearly defined objectives and are able to engage with staff...

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April 4, 2018

Does gamification really enhance employee performance?

Businesses continue to look for ways in which their employees may become more effective. This is often bundled with a desire for more engagement and it all boils down to a workforce that is more...