Posted on September 5, 2007,

Executives Feel Refreshed after Gaming, PopCap Study Finds

solitaire.gifLooks like the notion of work and play blending together is shaping up to mean playing video games at work. Lots of execs have fessed up to playtime at the office.

PopCap games recently released a study targeting white-collar workers, which generally means anyone working within an office with ambiance, and found a surprising number who not only play video games at work, but are suggesting that they are more effective at their jobs because of it. It will be interesting to see how far these results will go, or if PopCap games is just trying to generate results to increase the number of users.

According to the survey:

Of those who said they played during work hours:

•14% admitted they had played casual games during business meetings or conference calls, with two thirds (65%) of those saying they did so at least once a month.
•61% said they play during lunch or other official break periods.
•52% said they play “during my work day, when I need a short break.”
•19% said they play “at the end of my work day, to unwind.”
•11% said they play “at the beginning of my work day before I get started.”

In addition, those who said they played during work hours said they do so with considerable frequency.

•53% said they play at work at least once a day.
•79% said they play at work several times a week or more.
•84% said they play casual games at work for between 15 and 60 minutes each day, on average.
•11% said they played casual games at work for an hour or more each day

As to the effects of playing casual games at work, those who do so
acknowledged the following effects after taking a short game break at work:

•84% said they felt “more relaxed and less stressed out.”
•52% said they felt more confident, more energetic, more productive and/or more mentally focused.

Of all white collar gamers who participated in the survey, 241 (slightly more than 8%) were identified as “senior executives” CEOs, CFOs, presidents and other C-level executives. Compared to white collar gamers overall, these senior executives indicated a considerably higher frequency of play, including playing at work:

•35% of senior executives said they play casual games at work, vs. 23% of other white collar gamers.
•70% said they play “during work, when I need a short break” vs. 49% of other white collar gamers.
•61% said they play once a day or more frequently during each work day, vs. 51% of other white collar gamers.
•71% said their typical game-play session at work lasts 15 minutes or longer, vs. 62% of other white collar gamers.

So if the results are accurate, more than one out of every ten executives is busting out Bejeweled during conference calls. Is the scene in Office Space where Peter Gibbons is playing Tetris while talking to his boss that far off from reality?

If my boss came in and told me to keep up the good work while playing video games, that would be greeeeeeat.

via PRNewswire.com

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