As companies push to develop more efficient models of training, they are increasingly turning to gamified processes that reward and challenge employees in new and exciting ways. What exactly is gamification, and how has it revolutionized employee training programs?
Gamification of employee training involves applying principles from game elements to the business training process, often by enticing employees with a progressive rewards system. As employees complete certain stages of their training, they’re enticed to continue through rewards and honorifics, and use their new training to accomplish the next task ahead of them.
The perks of gamifying employee training are far reaching; gamification helps employees build important foundational skill sets which are necessary for them to solve more complex task and complete more vigorous training in the future. By gamifying training early, a company sets itself down the path toward continuous future development.
Develop a progressive system
A successful gamification of your training system must include making it a progressive system; employees are rewarded and endowed with new skills when completing one section of training, and said skills are then used to complete the next section. Employees that follow the stepping stones of the training system should be advancing as they go along, and utilizing their newfound talents to tackle increasingly challenging objectives.
One of the reasons a gamified employee training system is so effective is its impact on employee engagement; workers who are rewarded for their hard work and exemplified for overachieving are more likely to value training than those who are trained outside of a gamified system. A progressive system allows employees to see the progress they’ve made thus far, and inspires them to finish strong.
Employees instructed through a gamified system don’t view training as a laborious drill, but rather as an enjoyable mental workout which challenges and rewards them.
Gamification doesn’t just deliver proven results, but fosters company loyalty and appreciation in workers who enjoy its perks. A formerly mundane training session is now viewed as the exciting next step in a progressive system which offers ever-more challenging hurdles and ever-greater rewards.
Set clear guidelines
Successful gamification requires clear guidelines. Employees must be explicitly told what their objectives are, and instructed on how to use the tools available to them to achieve said objectives.
Videogames and board games, upon which gamification draws heavily, are exemplary in explaining this. Before players can expect to “pass Go” and collect their money, they must have an understanding of how the game’s dice rolling and money mechanics work.…