Gamification and Arbejdsglæde (Danish: Work Gladness/Joy)

Ryan Kleps, Boeing IT

You get paid for doing that? Is it possible to both work and have fun in a large corporate setting? Can joy be made part of the workplace? For the past few years Ryan Kleps and his colleagues have been conducting an informal social experiment using gamification (before they knew it had a name) in their corporate training modules to encourage participation, engagement, and enjoyment. Along the way they discovered that what they were doing was not only an effective training method, but that it had actual formal names associated with it―gamification and arbejdsglæde, a Danish word for work gladness/joy. The results of their “experiment” exceeded their expectations, but there were some failures and obstacles along the way which impeded their progress. Ryan relates some of his favorite stories from the journey, highlighting and illustrating the transferable brain-friendly techniques used for the past five years in Boeing IT.

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