It is common knowledge that most safety training programs are never taken seriously by employees. The reasons might be anything from a lack of interest to lack of awareness about the importance of workplace safety. Irrespective of the reasons, safety training is mandatory and making your employees comply is important. Period.
A step into the glorious world of e-learning would make you familiar with the term game-based learning. Simply put, it is the processes of making employees learn through games. So how and why can this be used in making safety training more effective?
Game-based learning has another name, fun learning. Everybody loves fun. Incorporating fun into learning – this is what game-based learning does. For instance, let us take the example of the famous snakes and ladders game. Imagine an employee has to answer a question about safety training whenever he roles the dice. Or better yet, imagine an employee encounters and snake and has to drop a few levels. But watching a video or taking a quiz on safety training could make him skip that outcome and continue as normal and motivate him to do well in the quiz.
Employees can be inspired to score more in these game-based learning courses in various ways. For example, for every level passed in a game, the employee could be given a rank. The top ranked employee could be offered a prize or an incentive. This would not only motivate employees to do better in their safety training courses, but also help create healthy competition among them.
Game-based learning can use games involving more than a single player. Playing with other employees would help them communicate and discuss the training content, not only promoting better knowledge but also instilling team spirit among them.
These games incorporate the use of real-life scenarios. For instance, a fire safety game would involve various ways of how a fire can be started. This can especially be useful for organizations pertaining to the electronic industry where the simple addition of an induction material to the electronic devices can cause a short circuit, in turn causing a fire.
In these games, employees can be given a few choices and they have to select a choice which would not result in a fire. This would not only be fun but also very informative. Games related to response training can also be given to the employees. These games mostly involve simulations asking employees what they would do when a safety breach occurs.
Using game-based learning to impart safety training can help employees understand the importance and remember the various rules and regulations in a fun way. Employees would no longer just go through the courses just for the sake of it. They would actually make an effort to learn in order to score better and compete with other employees. In other words, game-based learning is indeed a boon to organizations implementing safety training.