The Office Hunger Games: Why Competition Works at Work

Running through an arena and fighting for your life is one thing, but does competition work as well in the office as it does in the movie theater? If you’ve ever seen The Hunger Games movies, you know that competition can be a huge motivator–especially when life is at stake. But if the stakes are much, much lower, can you still capitalize on competition as a way to engage learners and increase takeaway?

Motivation is one of the main components of game mechanics, and with what we know about the brain, competition can be a powerful spark to ignite it. In fact, even minor competition can act as a major force for both motivation and confidence. Even when the stakes are relatively low, competition releases chemicals and causes processes in the brain that make all the difference.

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