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Employee Development

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.

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:

As the economy recovers, more employees will look for a new job. Now is the time to do something to re-engage your people.I encourage you to leverage advances in technology, social media, and new research findings about employee engagement to explore innovative solutions that work for your organization.

Sailing in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Galileo55 on Flickr Creative Common Last week, we discussed the importance of making micro-adjustments at the helm, sailing in the wind, and changing target if we want to continue sailing in the wind to reach our destination. Read Sailing and Leadership Lessons: Part 1. This week, we’ll examine two additional leadership lessons gleaned from my sailing trip with my friend Rob. If you want to change direction, you have to make sure both crew members manning the ropes on the port and starboard are ready before making a sweeping change.

Last night I attended The Commonwealth Club Inforum’s event that honored Dave Eggers, founder of 826 Valencia, founder and editor of McSweeney's, and a renowned author. Dave was awarded Inforum’s 21st Century Visionary Award for his humanitarian work in helping children with their writing skills as well as to get access to college education.

A significant driver of employee engagement is having career advancement opportunities. However, our research shows that employees' satisfaction with their career advancement opportunities at their company is usually low. As many organizations are getting flatter and leaner, what can senior leaders and managers do to engage their employees?