What the Heck is… Gamification?

In simple terms, gamification means applying some of the features we enjoy in video games to businesses, or indeed to any non-game-related area. The rationale is that people love playing games; they lose themselves in them for hours on end.

So what makes games so appealing and how could we use this for business? What games offer people, and many real world situations don’t, is this intense competitive environment with constant challenges of trying to move to a new level and complete the next mission, where players get instant feedback, reward, collect points and badges, move up rankings, and see their status increase.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Move over children, now it’s time for grown-ups and business leaders to play! The new buzzword is ‘Gamification’, and apparently it is no child’s play. We increasingly hear the term gamification.

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10 Free Time Management Apps to Free Up Your Time

With family, work, traffic, phone calls, emails, texts and social media, we’re all faced with hundreds of distractions each day. It’s surprising, really, that we get anything done at all.

Luckily, though, there are apps to help. If you’re always racing to get tasks done, completing projects at the last minute, or forgetting meetings and anniversaries, check out these 10 free apps. They’ll help you manage your time more effectively, boost your productivity, and make you feel more in control of your life. All of which might just give you more time to do the things you actually want to do

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Many skilled entrepreneurs fall short when it comes to time management. Here are some great (free) apps to maximize your day.

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How Couples Can Cope with Professional Stress

Most of us are familiar with the cycle. At work, the pressure to be “always on,” to meet deadlines, to serve the demands of colleagues or customers, or to deal with a difficult coworker can create stress that leaks into our personal lives. This stress can cause us to be impatient with romantic partners or kids or to neglect our duties at home, creating a vicious cycle of anxiety outside the office that makes work stresses even harder to face.

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Family CEOs Spend Less Time at Work

Two years ago, the World Management Survey on organizational leadership reported that firms led by family CEOs (managers related to the family owning the business) are often managed badly, particularly those where a first-born son has inherited the role of CEO from the previous leader.

Now comes additional research showing that on average, family CEOs also work significantly fewer hours per week than other (nonfamily affiliated) CEOs. It’s an important finding because longer working hours are associated with higher firm productivity and growth, says Raffaella Sadun, an assistant professor in the Strategy unit at Harvard Business School who studies the curious relationship between managerial incentives and motivation.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

CEOs who are related to the owners of family-owned firms work significantly fewer hours than nonfamily CEOs, according to a new study by Raffaella Sadun and colleagues. This is in light of the fact that longer working hours are associated with higher productivity, growth, and profitability.

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One Giant Leap for Training Design with The Learning Factor

Innovation comes through doing things differently. The world has changed and there are smarter, faster, better ways to develop customised training.
If you need to develop an eLarning module, a training program or mobile training package, be innovative. Do it differnently.
Check out our 2 minute video to learn how.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Why limit your talent pool of designers to resources only available in your local country? You can reap huge rewards by capitalising from the world’s leading talent. The world is your oyster. So what are you waiting for?

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Exercise with Free Workout Posters

Getting a little bored of your usual workout routine? Here are nearly 100 workout posters that will motivate you to train like Rocky, workout with the strength of Thor, or simply switch up your exercises.

The workouts are offered by fitness guru Neila Rey and updated weekly. One day you can do the Flash workout and build your endurance; the next, challenge yourself to get Bruce Lee Abs. All of the exercises require no equipment, and a couple can be done sitting on the couch or in your office. Most of all, have fun. It helps to imagine you’re holding a lightsaber during the Jedi workout or training as if your life depended on it in the Hunger Games one.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

These are free visual workout plans that are easy to follow with no need for equipment. Remember to keep healthy when working in offices.

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Answering Work Emails On Your Phone At Night Makes You Bad At Work The Next Day

Having a job that requires you to be “on” all the time is something of a badge of honor in today’s tenuous economy. It’s also incredibly unhealthy.

There’s one behavior in particular that a new pair of studies found ruined the next morning for workers on the job. Using a smartphone to answer work emails after 9 p.m. led to people feeling less well-rested, engaged, and focused the following morning.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

An always on work style may make you less responsible than you thought.

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