Many employers are concerned that the Pokémon GO craze which is sweeping across the world will have a negative impact on productivity in the workplace. Already in Australia many instances of workers chasing Pikachu’s around the workplace have already been recorded, to the bemusement of irate employers. The thought of employees chasing fictional video game characters is sending a shiver up the spine of many Irish employers also.
How do you as an employer handle this, considering the game is so addictive?
Below are three options you may consider.
1.Encourage employees to play during their free time
Be reasonable, acknowledge the phenomena and encourage employees to play during their free time. Lunchtime is an ideal time to catch Pikachu.
2.Don’t dismiss the game immediately
At the heart of Pokémon Go is an extremely competitive game which is very attractive to highly driven employees. So instead of dishing the game why not consider embracing it and purchase the Lure Module, which will attract a Pokémon to a particular Pokeshop for 30 minutes. You get to choose the Pokeshop so why not consider the office garden at lunchtime
If you have a business which relies on the general public for business, you could use your Pokeshop as a ploy to attract in customers. Combined with some slick point of sale marketing material you could potentially lure in a totally new set of customers.
Pokémon could be viewed as both a threat and an opportunity for your business. The latter would be my preferred option.