In Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), you design a model and develop an ecosystem that is too expensive and you can’t afford to commit any mistakes in real time. You’ve spent millions of dollars to make the system work for you. So what you will do? Will you keep that system idle as in a showcase? No intelligent person would do that. Then how can you utilize the optimum potential of the implemented ERP for the benefit of your organization?
Well, ‘Training Simulations’ can be your answer.
Wikipedia says a Simulation is the imitation of the operation of a real-world process or system over time. Simulations can be used in many contexts. When they are used for training, learning and development, they called learning or training simulations. Software simulations allow your learners experiment and do practice exercises in a safe environment without disrupting the actual software.
“Watch-Try-Do” (WTD) is a popular approach in software simulations. This can help employees watch the steps involved in the software program, try the same with guided help, and finally, do that task on their own. By this, employees can develop hands-on experience in working with the actual software in real-time.
In this blog, let’s check the six benefits of learning simulations in ERP end-user training.
1. Safe environment for practice to avoid serious consequences
Learning Simulations are the ideal way to teach procedures that are risky, and costly to perform in real time. Your organization can’t afford to make mistakes on the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. That’s why your employees need to practice using the software for various processes and performing different transactions in a safe environment. This will avoid the fear of negative consequences for you and your employees. Learning simulations also remove fear, hesitation, and doubts employees may have on how the ERP system actually works in real time.
For example, if your employee does an incorrect entry in legacy systems, you can rectify that without much loss to the organization at one stage or the other. But, as ERP is complex and integrated across all functions, one mistake can affect all others and the entire organization may face loss.
After completing the classroom training for your end-users, online exercises can act as practice sessions on the ERP software.
2. Consistent training for workforce spread across various locations & time zones
In the context of ERP implementation, adding learning simulations in online end-user training helps train your workforce spread across the globe. This will bring consistency in training. With classroom training, you may miss this because of several instructors. The learning pitch will be different and you cannot evaluate the training delivery of each session.
But, with simulations, even if your employees are spread across various locations and work in different time zones, you will not miss the consistency in training. In a sense, simulations aid your employees as invisible instructors on their systems. They will learn what to do actually in their job roles and responsibilities. If you want to provide instructor-led training on software practice, you need to match the availability of instructors and employees’ work timings at their respective locations. But, with online simulations, you won’t have the issue of availability; they are available round the clock at your employees’ disposal. Training simulations are that flexible.
3. Practice element creates an engaging learning experience
Training simulations help your employees learn by doing. Making them work on the software will help them learn, because they need to work on the same software in real time later.
The latest authoring tools, with a number of templates offer much interactivity in training simulations. These will engage your employees better. Instructional strategies aligned to the online training goals in simulations can bring the desired results from your employees. Pictures, multimedia elements such as audio, video, and animations make your learning simulations much more engaging.
4. Tech-savvy millennial workforce’ preferred choice
Learning simulations are better suited for the tech-savvy millennial workforce. Their learning style is not listening to classroom lectures; rather, they prefer web-based learning and resort to Google for their smallest queries. Millennials prefer learning by doing than studying. Simulations can aptly meet the learning style of the Gen Y workforce.
Millennials seek more advanced forms and approaches of learning than traditional classroom teaching. They desire better access to training resources. This all can be possible with learning simulations.
5. Train large numbers of employees at a time
Learning simulations help you train more numbers in less time. Training simulations in online end-user training help you train your large number of employees on the newly introduced ERP software system. This can be done effectively within a short duration. Simulations are also cost-effective and ease trainers’ job.
6. Scenario-based simulations provide immersive learning
Scenario-based simulations in online end-user training help employees learn from situations and case studies. They are a form of storytelling. They help achieve learning outcomes much easily by employee engagement.
For example, you can train your employees by creating a situation around the work to be done or steps to complete a transaction. This can be incorporated in a simulated environment.
Adding learning simulations to your online end-user training engages your employees. More engagement leads to better retention in workforce. This process will improve the overall performance of the organization.
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