Every single day we hear the global leaders talking about people’s motivation, engagement, commitment, and happiness.
But what truly does this means? Why do we need to be engaged and how does this affect our happiness and commitment in everything we do?
More than that, what does gamification has to do with it? And does engagement means Happiness?
Employee engagement doesn’t mean employee happiness
Someone might be happy at work, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are working hard, productively on behalf of the organization.
While company game rooms, free massages and Friday happy hours are fun,and may be beneficial for other reasons, making employees happy is different from making them engaged.
Employee engagement doesn’t mean employee satisfaction
Many companies have “employee satisfaction” surveys and leaders talk about “employee satisfaction”, but the bar is set too low. A satisfied employee might show up for her daily 9-to-5 without complaint. But that same “satisfied” employee might not go the extra effort on her own, and she’ll probably take the headhunter’s call luring her away with a 10% bump in pay. Satisfied isn’t enough.
Basically, employee engagement is the emotional commitment the employee has to the organization and its goals.
But engagement is not only about your job or career. Engagement is crucial in everything you do because that makes you emotionally connected and committed to a purpose, to a mission, to the community.
Community engagement is important and can lead to improved outcomes for communities when government organisations and public decision-making entities seek out the aspirations, concerns, and values of communities, who, in turn, share their aspirations, concerns and values with governing entities. Incorporated into decision-making processes, public decision makers are better informed and better able to meet community needs.
Establishing long standing, effective partnerships between government organisations and communities, too, results in a greater sense of community ownership and an improved uptake of services as they are tailored to the unique aspirations of the community.
Gamification is the craft of deriving all the fun and engaging elements found in games and applying them to real-world or productive activities.
Gamification used to promote engagement and commitment to a specific mission or goal is the key to establish emotional attachment to this goal, and the sense of belonging to a community or a team.
Remember how I started this article? Why do we need to be engaged and how does this affect our happiness and commitment in everything we do?
I think you know the answer now!