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Could an activity such as the wide-scale thumb war seen in the referenced talk be used to boost workplace productivity?
As seen in Jane McGonigal's TED talk, she implies that in the several minutes leading up to and including the initiation of the thumb war itself, ten 'positive' emotions are experienced and exhibited by audience members. Seeing as McGonigal is renowned for her work pertaining to using gaming to impact society in positive ways, could such a wide-scale group activity/game be used to foster stronger bonds between co-workers within organizations, and subsequently boost productivity? For that matter, how prominent of a role should fun corporate activities have within a company? Is there even room for such a thing in today's competitive work environment?