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Take the work out of work

“We need to create work environments that are as immersive and involving as the best video games.”

Human beings are most productive when work feels like play. Enthusiasm, imagination and resourcefulness—the critical ingredients for success in the creative economy—get unleashed when people are having fun. In the future, the most successful organizations will be the ones that have figured out how to blur the boundary between vocation and avocation. Among other things, this will require organizations to better align personal interests and professional responsibilities, to take the drudgery out of work, and to grant employees more control over what they work on.

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Take the work out of work

“We need to create work environments that are as immersive and involving as the best video games.”

Human beings are most productive when work feels like play. Enthusiasm, imagination and resourcefulness—the critical ingredients for success in the creative economy—get unleashed when people are having fun. In the future, the most successful organizations will be the ones that have figured out how to blur the boundary between vocation and avocation. Among other things, this will require organizations to better align personal interests and professional responsibilities, to take the drudgery out of work, and to grant employees more control over what they work on.

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42projects is an initiative across several teams at Microsoft to innovate in the way we manage by focusing on building trust, using games to increase productivity, and encouraging grassroots innovatio
Story by Ross Smith on April 11, 2010
While the trend with most companies today is to block employee use of social network sites like Facebook and Twitter, Edmunds.com, Inc.
Story by Katti Fields on July 15, 2011
Research shows that typical brainstorming is about 30% effective. Therefore, i developed the Thinking Innovative process that consists of the four stages of idea generation.
Story by Praveen Gupta on June 9, 2010
The Enterprise Social Networks of TravelFirst helps employees to connect more readily to address the unexpected.Addressing unexpected business challenges often requires identification and mobilization
Story by Paul Gromball on December 27, 2010
Facing the challenges of our comapny (mounting pressure, weak & uninterested governance, lack of centralization) our team realized that no singular solution could tackle the problem in its full co
Story by Bence Horvath on July 18, 2011
It takes some time to realize what type of manager I wanted to be. This story is how I came to realize this fact. Also, how I realized a corporate suite was not for me.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on September 6, 2015
To increase employee satisfaction, build trust and retain talent during a post-product cycle reorganization (reorg), the Microsoft Lync Test team offered its employees the freedom to choose what they
Story by Dan Bean on December 17, 2011

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