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Pokémon GO – Staying Productive at Work

Question:

Pokémon GO has erupted at my workplace. Our offices are in a prominent downtown location and (I guess) is very enticing to many fans of the game. I don’t want to stifle the fun but I also want to make sure the office stays productive and doesn’t become a gaming center. Any suggestions?

Answer:

The Pokémon GO game has exploded across the country and the world.  This phenomenon seems to be here to stay and augmented reality applications are likely to expand and become much more prevalent.  Game players are predominantly female (63%) and 46% of users are between 18 and 29 with another 25% between ages 30 and 50 (according to Forbes Magazine).  The prevalence of this game into society is what can cause disruption in the work place.

For all of the benefits that the game brings, there can be less appealing attributes in the workplace.  It isn’t necessary to eliminate the fun all together, but it may be a good time to remind employees they can have fun and still “follow the rules”.  Remind your staff about your policies regarding game play at work.  In addition, remind them of company policies regarding the use of company phones for personal use and while driving.

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