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Author: Pi Wen Looi

If you're wondering how games, social data, employee surveys like our New Hire Survey, and many more employee engagement trends can transform your workforce in 2014, then first, imagine this scenario: You're stuck at Level 29 of Candy Crush and you're out of lives. You check your Facebook feeds and see that your friend, Mary, generously gave three lives to all her friends. You claim the free lives from Mary, thank her, and continue to happily crush more candies.

Recently, I updated my website and switched my hosting company. What seemed like a pretty harmless operation turned out to be quite a headache. Along the way, we encountered slow load times and unfriendly plug-ins. I was not able to use my email for a day and a half. All these issues are taken care of now. My new website loads fast. It's mobile friendly. I'm back on my email. But that one and a half day of interruptions was a big hit to my productivity.

A few weeks ago, I tweeted "What if work is like an online game and how would it impact employee engagement?" Many people favorited this tweet and retweeted it. It must have struck a chord. Really, what if work is like an online game? How fun and engaging would it be? Wouldn't it be cool to design jobs such that they feel like online games? According to Gallup's most recent workforce survey, only 30% of U.S. employees are engaged. One way to improve employee engagement is to start with job design and engage employees with what they do on a daily basis. Here are some tips for making a job more like an online game:

Flickr photo by Daniel HurstIn a world of complexity, people crave simplicity. In fact, simplicity is the new luxury. How can you apply the philosophy of simplicity in your employee survey design and data collection process and still get valuable results? Simplify the topics. How many topics does your employee survey cover? Do you need to assess all these areas at once? An employee survey with focused topics yields relevant and just-in-time data. It's more manageable. You are less likely to be overwhelmed by tons of data spread across multiple topics.