20th November 2018
Keeping your members of staff engaged with what’s going on in your business can be a bit tricky from time to time, especially for people who’ve been there for years and feel they’ve seen and done it all before. But there’s always room for improvement and always opportunities to learn new skills – and this is something that gaming can prove particularly useful for.
Software consultants can help you with game development if this is something you’re interested in and aren’t sure where to start. You might well be put off by the word ‘game’ and think perhaps that learning and fun aren’t synonymous, but games aren’t just reserved for the entertainment sector.
Just take a look at Google – big name brands like this use games for e-learning, training and marketing opportunities so if it’s good enough for them, then there are surely benefits you could yield as well.
Before now, training new starters and upskilling current employees potentially meant hiring external professionals and taking up lots of room in meeting spaces and classrooms. But nowadays, you can offer games as part of an elearning course that makes use of smartphones, tablets and desktop PCs – making it far more efficient and convenient… and a lot more fun!
Engaging with people is absolutely key when it comes to them retaining lots of information and keeping them interested in the training material. If it’s dry and boring, they’re likely to switch off, but using games to keep them entertained as they learn is obviously more effective as a strategy.
An interactive environment will allow for better comprehension of the subject matter, grabbing their attention from the outset and keeping them motivated and eager to play (and learn) more.
Learning in a gaming environment provides people with the opportunity to be able to learn and fail in a safe space, so they’re better able to learn from their mistakes and try, try and try again until they are able to master the task in question.
When used appropriately, game-based learning can really help with supporting learning outcomes, boosting both motivation and engagement, while influencing the behaviour of those playing the games. Team members are able to experience different scenarios first-hand in this kind of gaming environment so that they know how to react if a situation crops up in real life.
You can also use games to improve soft skills within your work force, helping improve people’s relationships with one another, supporting teamwork and collaboration. Leadership and communication skills, in particular, can be improved through the use of gaming in a corporate environment.
And don’t forget that we also now have virtual reality at our disposal these days, which is yet another way you can make training sessions more appealing and enjoyable. Why not try it at your place of business today and see just how well your workforce responds?