Employees are the most valuable assets for any business. Hundreds of employees die each year due to workplace accidents and millions get injured. According to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,679 fatal workplace injuries were recorded in the United States in 2014, which was an increase of 2% over the revised count of 4,585 fatal workplace injuries in 2013. So preventing accidents at the workplace should be the top most priority for an organization, in fact for everyone in the organization. But in spite of training employees, accidents occur time to time. Don’t you think making the training more engaging and interactive is worth a try to prevent these fatalities? So what can you do to make safety training effective and engaging?
When you talk about engaging somebody, what can be a better way than a game? Yes, gamified online safety training can help deliver engaging training and is quite effective than bland traditional courses. Want to know how gamified online safety training is effective? Read on.
Motivates employees by making dry content interesting
Sitzmann’s meta-analysis of the effectiveness of computer-based simulation games concludes that learners learn more from actively engaging games rather than passively conveying instructional material. Gamification can be effective for increasing motivation and engagement of learners as it makes any dry content such as safety training content interesting, enjoyable, engaging, and fun. When trainees start enjoying training, they are likely to spend more time with the training material being provided and learn more. Engagement of learners is quite important in safety training as when it comes to safety, ignorance is NOT bliss.
Rewards motivate employees
Rewards can be very motivating in any context and games are usually built on reward structures – complete a task to get a reward. These rewards can be virtual badges, points, or money. In game-based online safety training, you can reward learners whenever they choose the right safety practices in each given hazardous situation. The rewards of all the learners can be tracked and displayed in a leaderboard periodically. At the end of the training program, you can publically recognize the topper of this leaderboard. Such performance contingent rewards increase competence both in the winner (to perform even better) and other learners (to beat the mark).
Learners can see what happens if they violate norms
In any training program, learners need to know the consequences of their wrong acts. When these consequences are shown practically, rather than orally or in a written format, it makes the learners more aware and helps them be a bit more careful when involved in hazardous activities or even otherwise. For game-based safety training, when you design a virtual environment, virtual emergencies, and imaginary violation of norms, learners can actually see what happens if they do not follow the safety procedures or violate norms – of course in a risk free environment. Such experiences lets the learners experience the consequences of their wrong acts, but without getting hurt.
Feedback can be provided effectively
Effective feedback is quite important for learners to complete the learning cycle as it makes learners feel motivated and inspired. It enables better learner engagement and helps better recall and retention of learning. Game-based learning provides instant feedback on learners’ performance so they get an idea of their understanding and also what else they need to know. In case of a wrong step, instant feedback tells learners why they are wrong and what they should have done; and in case of a correct step, it congratulates them and tells why the step they chose was correct.
Sitzmann’s meta-analysis also concludes that learners have 11% higher declarative knowledge, 14% higher procedural knowledge along with 9% higher retention than usual with computer-based simulation games. These are a few advantages of safety training when delivered through the game-based learning approach. If you know any other advantages, you can share it with me by commenting below.