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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?

  • Nov 17 2013: It isn't the activity so much as the joint effort.
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    Nov 16 2013: Companies do use social activities to improve the conditions of the work environment. It's a good idea I think. It also depends on the type of job of course, but honestly, the 9 - 5 cubicle work environment simply isn't a natural work environment for people. It's no wonder some people lose it at work.
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    Nov 16 2013: Some companies do yoga before startting work which awakens healing and allows oxygen to flow throughout the body. Apple has food and beverage cafes throughout the workplace and encourage collaboration on projects. Riding bicycles to work is encouraged by some companies. Clubs of various kinds are encouraged by companies. All of these companies that encourge people to get together and share seem to be having more success than secretive companies where nobody knows what anybody else is doing.

    If you want a poor example that does not work, look at our government at any level. Oh sure, they say it is open but see what happens when any change is suggested and whistle blowers, well that is how they weed out dissent and they are quickly sorrounded and disposed of publicly to discourage others. Can you think of one whistleblower that lived happily ever after?