What’s the draw?
It can be addictive
The adrenalin rush, the thrill of the chase, the competition, the building skill levels - in some jobs, how can work compete? Tom Currie, a barrista from New Zealand, quit his job to search for rare monsters. “I was desperate for a break”, he said, “and Pokémon gave me the chance to live that dream.”
Are your employees adding to their Pokédex instead of carrying out their job roles? Many employers – and employees – are already reporting their productivity has taken a serious dive. With all the excitement surrounding the release of the new game last month and the possibility of being able to catch an Eevie in the canteen or a Squirtle on a colleague’s desk, it’s easy to see how it could become a distraction and affect productivity.
Employers can try to stem the tide or figure out how to swim along with it. Many have imposed an outright ban but there are also reports of companies organizing mass Pokémon Go outings during meal breaks, after work or during office parties. An effective answer to adapting to this newest challenge may be the biggest treasure of them all.