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Many people would be surprised to learn that there is a strong connection between video games and the workforce. Video games help you acquire and develop skills that directly correlate to being a successful employer and employee. Many games today are designed to develop your ability to solve real world problems. Dr. Jane McGonigal, a game designed, suggested this theory, and has implemented this concept in her game SuperBetter, which is a game that helps tackle real health challenges like anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. McGonigal is one of the many who suggest that video games not only provide entertainment, but can help with real world situations.

Advantages to Employees

Video games teach you to think critically and how to solve problems, which is huge for employees in the workforce who encounter problems on a day to day basis. Winning a video game or having success in a video game typically requires creative problem solving. Developing these problem solving skills can be an asset to an employee who has to problem solve at work. Video games also teach collaboration skills. Many online video games require team work and for players to join alliances to succeed. Learning to work successfully as part of a team is an asset for any employee in the workforce. Video games also teach you how to fail; you can’t win every game, and you will suffer many setbacks. While in the large scheme of things these setbacks are extremely minor, they can help you prepare for future real life setbacks you may experience, at work or in your personal life. The ability to multitask is a skill necessary for many jobs, and action video games can help improve your multi-tasking ability, as well as several other aspects of brain activity. For example, the classic game Pacman requires you to navigate your character through a maze while ensuring you do not come into contact with four “ghosts”, and also while you try to achieve the overall goal of clearing all the small white pellets. You need to be able to do all these things simultaneously to have success at Pacman. At work, employees may need to be on the phone with a client while writing down a message and checking their schedule all at the same time. Thus, developed multi-tasking skills are extremely important.

Advantages to Employers

Many of the advantages of video games for employees are the same for employers. Obviously, the ability to problem solve and multi-task is extremely important for a manager or CEO. Dealing with setbacks, such as missing out on a job promotion or losing employees, is also an important skill that video games can help develop. Video games help employers stay up to date with technology. Entertainment Software Association did a study recently that said 70% of major domestic employers utilize interactive games and software for employee training purposes. Having any kind of familiarity with these games or software is a huge asset for any employer, and especially for those who are utilizing these programs for their companies. The big asset video games provide to employers is the team work. As a manager, or any kind of employer, hiring employees makes them part of your own personal team. Being able to work together successfully and co-operate towards a common goal is essential for any business to succeed. Online video games require teamwork, and therefore provide an advantage for an employer who needs to put together and be part of a team.

Pros & Cons

When looking at possible job opportunities it is always a good idea to write down a pros and cons list. This can help you to determine what aspects of the job you might like and what aspects you may want to change.

Some important job aspects to consider include possible travel, team outings, casual attire, flexible hours, working from home and more.

Workplace Culture

A workplace culture can have a big impact on your everyday life. If you enjoy work you will be more likely to perform better and stay interested in the tasks at hand.

Some of the ways that companies today are helping to foster a positive work environment is to allow employees access to free food and drink, showers, gym memberships, nap areas and gaming rooms.