Predicted as a top trend in 2016 Gamification has been in the spotlight for a number of years and its popularity in 2017 is set to rise. While it is failing in mainstream popularity, its presence within commercial skills training is constantly increasing.
What is Gamification?
Gamification is the concept of applying game mechanics and game design techniques to engage and motivate people to achieve their goals. The growing interest in gamification stems from the desire to increase engagement levels among employees.
Benefits of Gamification in workplace training
Increases business success
A well-designed gamification platform incorporated into a workplace training strategy will begin to inspire employees to work towards specific personal and business goals while developing their skill set such as improving commercial skills. Results will then be monitored and measured and will ultimately increase business success.
Implementing the latest technology to your workplace training plan in an engaging way will encourage employees to gain valuable commercial skills and is a fun alternative to other traditional forms of training.
Gamification offers the user constant, up-to-date feedback. It allows users to benchmark themselves against their own goals and their colleagues. The feedback generated from gamification training helps users to understand their current level and elements they need to improve.
The last few years have seen a greater focus on the stress levels of employees in the workplace. It has been reported that 40% of workers have stated their job was very or extremely stressful while 65% of workers said that stress in work has caused difficulties. Many businesses are therefore under pressure to ensure that employees are happy and healthy. Gamification in the workplace can relieve stress and encourage healthy competition among employees, this can be completed by establishing goals and targets which can be used within day-to-day tasks and responsibilities with results tracked using a leaderboard and rewards systems.
Encourages motivation and employee engagement
One of the most frequent traits seen from the use of gamification in workplace training is the motivation seen within employees. With the ability to give fast, effective feedback, employees are given the opportunity to understand their own results and recognise areas for improvement. It also increases engagement levels as employees can challenge and help each other throughout the training process.
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