Most of the organizations have a similar approach when it comes to the new hire training program, a classroom welcome session followed by online sessions. The classroom sessions are packed with punch while the online sessions or e-learning fail to garner enthusiasm as the classroom sessions did. This is because online courses mostly adhere to the ‘click next’ approach and create a mundane learning experience.
This is where gamification comes into play; it is highly engaging and can be deployed at an earlier stage to grab attention. Applying gamification techniques such as collaboration, recognition and immersion will create a positive outlook of your organization to your new hires.
Creating levels is the best way to begin your new hires’ online learning experience. Levels are a common aspect of gamification. You can adapt your e-learning course to have three levels; beginner, intermediate and expert level. Each of these levels can be used to teach about the organization and the role of your new hire in the organization. For instance, the Beginner level can be a course about the organization and its culture, the Intermediate level can be about the benefits offered to employees and the rules to be followed, the final Expert level can be more in-depth about your new hire’s role and responsibility in the organization. Once your new hires complete all these levels, they can join the role or position assigned to them. Take a look at how levels were used for an onboarding course.
Your new hires need to mingle with each other as well as the existing employees of your organization; this is where quests can be very helpful. For instance, your e-learning course talks about the emergency exits available, you can provide a virtual map of the building and split them into teams and ask them to seek out the exits. This collaborative effort will help in team building and they can communicate with older employees while looking for the exits. The team that finds all the exits first will be rewarded.
Rewards are known to be a great way to motivate learners; you can start by awarding points or badges after each course/level/quest. You can do this by establishing leaderboards, scoring and special recognition of outstanding players on your company Intranet. You can take your reward system a step further by allowing players redeem their points or badges for company merchandize such as caps, sippers, pens and so on.
First impressions matter, your onboarding program needs to create a positive effect on your new hires that will encourage them to stay for a long time in your organization. By using these few gamification techniques you can potentially help new hires be more productive and engaged in the workplace. Do you have ideas to ‘gamify’ new hire training? We’d love to have a chat with you.