While recently watching someone playing solitaire during their lunch break I found myself wondering if this was a healthy break from the job, a sign of problematic undercurrents or just a mindless addiction.
From these thoughts came a novel idea you might like to consider.
Solitaire as a Management Metric
Could you actually use solitaire playing as a management metric? You could record the number of times solitaire is played during designated breaks and normal work periods, and whether games were played over until a win occurred or the player gave up.
The true value of solitaire as a metric is to not let people know it is being monitored. This ensures it remains a valid indicator of the player and his/her environment. You could then introduce other changes to the workplace and see how solitaire playing behaviour changes.
Of course, using solitaire as a management metric must be done with care and not taken too seriously. But who knows what you might learn! At least it would be fun to try out. If you do, please let me know what you discover.
Robert Rath – http://www.innovation-mentor.com