Redmond company she statedthat the transition to remote or hybrid work weakened social capital and had a negative impact on team collaboration and employee loyalty. According to the Work Trend Index, more than 40 percent of leaders see building relationships as the toughest challenge in remote and hybrid environments.
The Games for Work app from Microsoft Casual Games (Xbox Games Studios) features a range of titles that are easy to play and emphasize various elements of team building. At the launch of the application, you will be able to choose from hugely popular games such as Minesweeper and Solitaire, as well as lesser known games such as IceBreakers and Wordament.
IceBreakers is described as a variant of This or That, a conversational game where players choose between two items they prefer. Microsoft says it can spark a lively conversation that promotes networking and team morale.
Wordament, on the other hand, is a logical crossword game similar to the popular Boggle. Solitaire and Minesweeper need no introduction, as they have been basic games on Windows computers for several decades.
Each of the titles is interactive and can support from two to 250 players. What’s more, all games are ad-free. Microsoft said the games will continue to evolve, with new titles added based on user feedback.
Microsoft has admitted that some may find gaming at work a distraction, but it truly believes there are benefits to gaming. Redmond cited research A 2019 study from Brigham Young University found that newly formed work teams experienced a 20 percent increase in productivity on consecutive tasks after playing games together for 45 minutes.