Today’s Solutions: October 19, 2021

Studies have previously shown that video games can benefit players by indulging their brains in constant stimulation and thus improve their cognitive capacities. But more recently, researchers have found that collaborative video games which require a group effort to overcome problems and challenges can have a productive and motivational effect on coworkers who use them as part of team-building exercises. The researchers conducted an experiment in which 352 participants were allocated into different groups. Some groups were asked to participate in traditional team-building activities and others to play a team-based video game. The findings showed that teams in the TVG (team video game) treatment demonstrated a 20 percent productivity improvement in subsequent tasks when compared to the other participating groups. The implications of the study show that an inexpensive and enjoyable task activity such as playing collaborative video games could potentially lead to creating a happier and more connected workforce.

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