Magazine article Talent Development

Management's Responsibility

Magazine article Talent Development

Management's Responsibility

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A lot has been written about engagement--what it is, how to improve it, and the employee's role in that engagement. But this issue of T+D approaches engagement from a completely different angle--from the manager's view of it and his role in increasing engagement among his team. This is an angle that I'm sure many training and development professionals agree may be the most important one. David Zinger, author of the cover story on page 30, notes that managers face serious problems and challenges, and need a fully engaged workforce to tackle the complex issues in the workplace. His answer for managers: gamification.

"Gaming techniques can help boost employee engagement and productivity," he writes. As opposed to elaborate games requiring complex programming and game design, managers should "use game thinking and game mechanics to improve employee engagement."

For managers, gaming techniques do not need to be complicated or intricate. It is as easy as managers creating a contest to boost productivity or awarding badges or prizes when employees hit goals. …

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