Executive Director - The Upside of Gamers
Gamers bring a new perspective to the workplace
by Caroline Nevin
Do you have a Facebook page, a Flickr account, a constantly chirping Blackberry receiving Twitter messages, IM on your screen all day, and a hugely important social life (and multiple personas) online? Do you have trouble concentrating on the droning person in front of you or on the phone? Incapable of functioning on one channel of input at a time? No? Well, chances are you employ, parent or work with people who fit this profile – those who grew up in the Gaming Era – and you’re perplexed by the challenge of dealing with them.
There is an upside to this, though. Gamers:
- Are better at handling risk and uncertainty
- Are more creative and have better problem solving skills
- Are more sociable and have a greater need for human relationships
- Think of themselves as experts and want to tackle problems head-on
- Aren’t discouraged by failure and believe each setback is just a chance to try again
- Are more flexible about change
- Are better at seeing problems in a deeper perspective
- Are great at learning in informal ways
- Are more globally oriented and outward-looking
- Are more confident and have a more positive outlook on life.
Source: Beck, J. & Wade, M. “The Kids are Alright” www.nslg.net/gotgamebook
Every generation brings something new to the workplace, and potentially vital to the future success of organizations (see page 19). It’s worth approaching the Gamer perspective with respect and curiosity, asking the most important question of all: How can we combine our differences and strengths to create something truly exceptional? Create a meaningful Quest and you’ll be amazed at what happens!
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This article was published in the June 2008 issue of BarTalk. © 2008 The Canadian Bar Association. All rights reserved.