Millennials and the Always On generation have grown up playing games. In my research with entrepreneurs and managers, this fact is often cited as a reason these generations are unsettled and difficult to manage, expecting foosball tables and access to an Xbox.

But what if games are the key to better employees, more effective teams, and higher productivity? compiled research on how games impact the brain, and it looks like the easiest way to increase productivity is not providing more vacation, bigger paychecks, or improved benefits. Instead, you should encourage your employees to play more games!

Playing games impacts the brain positively by increasing motivation, improving memory, driving efficiency, and at even enhancing feelings of empathy among your team. created the following infographic that explains what happens in our brains when we play games: