Productivity games, as a sub-category of Serious Games, are games and competition used to make real work happen.
Examples include McDonald's Billions Served, # days accident free signs on a construction site, etc.
There are three components of productivity
- Effectiveness. the ability to produce a desired result
- Efficiency. more useful output per unit of input – less waste
- Reliability. the ability to repeat a task with the same result or goal
Each can all be addressed and influenced by game play and competition.
These games don't have to be based on a fancy UI or dramatic game design.
A simple game of H_O_R_S_E among dock workers lifting boxes - get a letter for losing a "unload-the-truck" competition - can provide a boost in morale and productivity.