Computer Games for Business Employee Training Considered

In the future businesses will use computer games to help train their employees. You may think this is something that will happen far off into the future, perhaps 10 years from now, but that’s not correct. In fact many companies are already doing this. I know several large companies in the franchising sector that use computer games to help train their franchisee’s employees. The US military also uses computer games to help train the troops, and those important Army jobs which require logistical and logical thought processes.

It is amazing how much someone retains when they are using an interactive game in training. It is said that people only retain about 30% of what they read, and up to 60 to 75% of what they see. But when you combine all that with interactive videogame, the retention rate is incredible. Therefore, for the amount of time spent it’s a win-win for all concerned. That is to say the employees learn faster, and generally speaking most employees are learning while they are on the clock. Therefore it is costing the company less money to train them using gaming techniques on the computer.

What types of games are most apropos for such training of business employees? Well, why not consider games on customer service, and proper procedures? What about games for spotting shoplifters in retail establishments? How about extra points for finding things that are out of place on the shelf, and putting them back where they’re supposed to be? From inventory to customer service, and from return policies, to management – much of this can be learned through computer games.

Over the last decade we’ve seen an incredible amount of electronic game usage in the classroom, and it is working for the kids, they enjoy learning this way, and their retention goes up well past anything that could be expected from any other teaching method. This is because the student is immersed in the learning experience as they play the game. Many folks have put down computer games, and believe that teenagers are wasting their time playing these games when they could be doing something useful like studying their homework.

But there is empirical evidence proving that interactive computer gaming mixed with employee training or education – that students outperform most all other methods of teaching and learning. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it. If you’d like to open up a dialogue, discussion, or discourse on this topic please feel free to shoot me an e-mail at your earliest convenience because this is a think tank topic.

Using Game Based Training to Better Your Business

When you were in school, you probably remember watching countless documentaries, slide shows and lectures that could have put you to sleep instantly. Traditional training and teaching methods have the potential of being boring and not very engaging for participants. When you train your employees, you want to make sure they are engaged in the course and retain all of the information presented to them. Standing up in the front of a conference room lecturing your staff isn’t necessarily going to get the job done. This is why game based can be a great asset.

Game Based Training Best Practices for Businesses

Rather than put your audience to sleep, wouldn’t you like to train your employees and have them excited about the information you’re presenting to them? Game based training is an interactive way to train employees for maximum retention of information. Training games keep employees engaged throughout the course and motivated to retain the information. Even though this form of course is a game, it’s still highly relevant to the skills that need to be trained.

Training can be an effective way to train your employees on the skills and knowledge they need in order to perform their job as best as they can. Game based training is most effective when:

It allows trainees to be actively involved. If you’re using game based training for your business, your employees will get the most out of it only if they’re actively engaging in the course.

The entertainment factor of the game doesn’t hinder learning. Even though you want your training course to be entertaining, it can’t come at the price of learning. All of your training courses should be grounded in the most important information you need to convey and then the entertainment factor can be added.

It is always accessible. Your game based training courses will work best if they’re always available to employees. This allows them to learn at their own pace and when it fits into their schedule. Placing restrictions on access to training courses could actually deter people from engaging in the training process.

It is accompanied by other training methods. While training with games can be very effective, it’s less effective if you use standalone games. If your business chooses to use games for training, they should accompany these games with lectures, group discussions and other training methods.

Using the right training tools can help you train your employees to be as effective as they can be in their jobs. With game based training, you can teach employees everything they need to know about their job and your business, while also keeping them entertained and on their toes.

Employee Motivation Games

Every year at the major company event there are employee motivation games to play. Most of us dislike these games because the majority of them seem silly and pointless. Why waste our time with this is what employees usually complain about.

However, help is on the way. Out of all the employee motivation games played this one seems the favorite. Try a company scavenger hunt. The nice thing about this game is it does not have to be done during a major company event, although right before yearly inventory for smaller companies seems to be a good time. This will work for all companies. Large and small alike. You just need to have a set of company information for the employees to find out.

The reason the scavenger hunt is my favorite of all employee motivation games is that it is easy to set up and easy to play. It is also relatively fun. First, get a list of company information that you want the employees to find out. It can be date of incorporation, date the first product was sold/manufactured, who was the founder, what is the best selling product, and the list goes on. Once you have a set of information you divide the employees into teams. You can set departments against each other or you can have other ways of making teams. Set a time frame, especially if some of the items are hard to find or locate. Have everyone meet back at the designated time and declare the winner or winners. Be sure to have a prize for the winning team or teams.

This is a great game because it is different from the usual employee motivation games. The game is actually educational in nature. Instead of wasting time with seemingly pointless tasks, it actually teaches the employees about the company they work for. The more knowledge employees have about the company they work for, the better they are able to understand and relate to its mission statement and vision. By empowering employees with knowledge, you are inviting them to stay. Isn’t this a fun and interesting way to help improve employee retention rates