According to recent news report published in Ethic Intelligence, Las Vegas Sands Corp. had to pay a $9 million penalty for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).This is just one of many cases you might come across in the news. Failure to comply with FCPA incurs monetary losses. That’s not all; organizations may also suffer losses in the form of heavy drop in the stock price, productivity, mergers and acquisitions, and above all, reputation. How do you curb corruption in your organization? Corruption may seem like a demon but can be tamed if your employees are properly trained on why and how they can distance themselves from it. But earning your employees’ engagement and ensuring training effectiveness seems difficult, given your employees’ hectic work schedules. So, the biggest question is “How do I train them?” You can try game-based scenarios that engage your employees by putting them through scenarios that relate to their real work situations. These scenarios stimulate active learner development through exploration, trial-and-error, and competition.
Teaches through game-based scenarios
When games are used as a medium of training, game elements such as engagement, motivation, and challenge hook your employees. Game-based scenarios place your employees amidst real-world situations that allow them to think and act. Since they learn through what they experience, learning sticks .With game-based scenarios, employees get an opportunity to learn and immediately apply their knowledge to see the outcome.
For example, they see a scenario in the course that shows a project owner offering gifts to a government official so that he gets the planning permission for a project. After the scenario, they can be asked whether the project owner’s approach was a potential red flag. This gives them an opportunity to reflect on their learning.
A similar course was designed for one of our customers where learners were given scenarios. If they feel a scenario is a potential red flag, they need to click a red flag onscreen, if not, a green flag. Such game interactivities in an online course keep your employees hooked to it. You can check the course template below that presents a scenario and asks the learner to choose the right option.
Motivates by offering rewards
Every learning needs motivation. Game-based scenarios motivate your employees by offering medals, badges, trophies, etc. In order to access the next level of the online course, they may need to undergo a small quiz to check their understanding. Once they clear that level, they can access another level with more challenges. They are promised a more motivating reward if they clear this level. For example, they should be asked to spot red flags in the given scenarios so that they know what to do to avoid such situations at work. If they succeed in spotting a red flag, they can be awarded a trophy that acts as a gate pass to the next level of the course. Also, leaderboards can act as a cue for motivation as your employees can view their peers’ scores and be motivated to outperform them.
Apart from the rewards, game-based scenarios offer some incentives to your employees, that may not be monetary, yet which motivate, such as a day off from work or a one day work from home permission to the top scorer. These minor efforts on your part can add to your employees’ motivation levels and make them want to take the otherwise dull anti-corruption training.
Elevates attention span
Unless your anti-corruption training is engaging, you may face a tough time drawing your employees to it. These game-based scenarios use realistic simulations such as stories or examples to explain the intricate concepts that are usually challenging to communicate. These courses associate policies with the scenarios employees face at work. That’s how they realize the training they are undergoing will benefit them in the real world. And when your employees understand the relevance of training, their attention levels increase inadvertently.
Corrupt practices at work, whether at an employee or an organizational level, lead to serious consequences. Hence, the anti-corruption training program that you employ to train your employees should be engaging and motivating. Only then, will it have the power to pull your employees into its grip and increase their attention span. So, game-based scenarios can be an option for your anti-corruption online training program.
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