Enhancing the New Hire Training Experience with Gamification:
New hire training is a critical step that companies take to ensure that their new hires develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to be successful. Companies invest heavily in hiring new employees, which is one reason why it is so important to have an effective training program. Each new employee will represent the company’s brand, displaying their culture and values, as well as being expected to perform at a required level in their job. Gamification is a rapidly growing approach to ensure your new hires are getting the most out of their training.
Gamification is adding game-like elements into non-game contexts, such as tasks- or in this case, the new hire training program. Many of the people joining the workforce today are from the Millennial Generation (1980’s-early 2000’s). Millennials are highly social and like working in groups, seek challenges, enjoy instant gratification, and are technologically savvy. These individuals have grown up in the “Digital Era.” Technology is easily accessible and is the preferred method for getting information. To keep up with the changing workforce, companies are implementing gaming strategies into their learning to increase engagement and retention.
The next time you need to train new employees, consider these statistics from Harvard Business Review:
- Nearly 33% of new hires look for a new job within their first six months on the job. (Among Millennials, that percentage is even higher…and it happens earlier.)
- 23% of new hires turn over before their first anniversary.
- The organizational costs of employee turnover are estimated to range between 100% and 300% of the replaced employee’s salary
- It typically takes eight months for a newly hired employee to reach full productivity.
Applying gamification techniques, such as rewards, recognition, and collaboration will help keep employees engaged and interested in the material early on in their training.