The purpose of this blog is to document my joys, frustrations, unique finds and general information pertaining to my experiences playing World of Warcraft.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

WoW Lessons for the Workplace?

As you may or may not know, I recently went back to work after 2 1/2 years of being one of the unemployed. It was shortly before my last job ended that I discovered World of Warcraft, and shortly after my last job ended I joined a raiding guild and was a "casual elite" raider for most of that time.

I noticed some habits that I developed while actively raiding, and I got to thinking lately about how different the work force might be if we applied a WoW raiding mentality at work.

And I don't mean the "that's what she said" jokes.

In all seriousness, think about it:

What if you fully researched each job assignment, and even each potential job before an interview--from different aspects, learning what your role would be and how best to fulfill that role?

What if you actually kept researching after landing the job, making sure you kept up to date on any changes that may affect your role, always striving to improve your performance?

What if you researched potential "boss" encounters, learning what makes a particular boss "tick", and how to "dodge" potential "attacks" on your work and/or performance?

What if you learned to build up your "resilience" when constructive criticism was offered to you?

What if you actually set your alarm, juggled your other obligations, and made sure you were always early for work?  And not only early, but PREPARED with "food" and "flasks", i.e. a proper lunch, drinks and snacks if appropriate to your work environment, or the proper means to buy such items.

What if we continuously worked on self-improvement, attempting to keep ourselves healthy and fit both mentally and physically, essentially repairing our "armor", so that we can continue to deal with the daily "attacks" by outside forces, fellow employees, and life in general?

WoW may be just a game.  But many of us have or still take it very seriously.  Many of the things I have mentioned are basic, common-sense practices we should bring to the work force anyway.

But how many of us really apply these things?

Just some food for thought.

Ok, back to Brewfest.  Happy gaming!


  1. You're not the first person to make real-world comparisons with WoW such things. It probably just ties into my "Internet Etiquette" with how I act online (not like an asshat) but I have wondered what some IRL situation would be if people would take them as serious as their raiding ;)

  2. Isn't that pretty much how it is anyway? For some people that is what they do, except in reverse, their raiding etiquette stems from RL work etiquette. But as in raiding, you still have people that come ill prepared for work, have to borrow something to eat or drink from you, don't try as hard and let others pick up their slack. Then in turn the people that do work hard end up bashing the hell out of the people that don't which in turn pisses them off and can disrupt the work place, same as it can disrupt a raiding guild. The flaw I see is this, most people that act certain ways in a raiding guild don't act that way in real life, so wouldn't it be better if they took their real life etiquette and put it into their raiding, without being able to hide behind an internet name/character? If so, you wouldn't have as many asshats on the internet. And in reality, as you have probably noticed since starting your new job, a lot of people that are heavy into raiding aren't heavy into their job or family, and those that are heavy into their job and family, don't have the time to be heavy into raiding. ;) That is the reason I never could raid over the last year, I put my other obligations first. That isn't the case for all die hard raiders, but it is for some. That "The Raid" (I think that is what it was) documentary unfortunately proved that point with some of those people.