Many training managers face the honest truth that training can be slow and sometimes uninteresting. Businesses want new employees to have a strong, impactful start in the organization, so it is important that employees learn what they need to do their jobs well while staying engaged and inspired.
Gamification can turn the at times tedious task of training into something fun and motivating. By giving your employees goals to reach and levels to achieve you can increase their drive to complete their training assignments.
In a recent survey, 62 percent of participants said they’d be motivated by leaderboards, and 89 percent said a points system would increase their engagement with eLearning materials.
Gamification can be as simple as allowing employees to vote on content and comments, or can involve more active assignments. “You could send people on scavenger hunts. You could tell people they have to go out into the organization to discover things and then report back on what they’ve learned,” explains Bill Cushard, head of training at ServiceRocket.
This strategy gives them a goal to reach, an excuse to meet more of their colleagues, and a chance to learn about different areas of the organization.
Even if you stick to more simple versions of gamification, like a points system or levels new hires can reach as they complete their assignments, you can really increase learning engagement in those first few weeks.
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