Prevention is better than cure: challenges in engaging employees through gamification

Gupta, Manish, Behl, Abhishek and Kuma, YLN (2021) Prevention is better than cure: challenges in engaging employees through gamification. International Journal of Manpower, 43 (2). pp. 380-394. ISSN 01437720

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Gamification, the use of game elements and techniques in the non-game contexts, is gaining popularity among human resources (HR) in an online mode. This paper intertwines the flow and engagement theories to know the challenges faced by companies in India in implementing gamification in their various HR practices to engage their employees. Semi-structured interviews of only the information-rich cases including game designers and HR practitioners were conducted using snowball sampling technique. The interviews were transcribed and were analysed using thematic analysis. Three reviewed themes emerged from the data labelled as organization-, employee- and job-specific factors. Separate thematic maps drawn for each of the reviewed themes give particulars pertaining to the issues highlighted by the game designers and the HR practitioners in gamification. The results of the study are expected to help the organizations make an informed decision about whether they should go ahead with risking their resources as they expect improved engagement levels at work. The findings contribute to the online engagement literature by exploring its antecedents in the context of gamification of HR practices for higher engagement at work.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Online Engagement | Thematic Analysis | Gamification | HR Practices
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Business School
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2022 04:34
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2022 09:52
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