In the era of tight schedules and achieving deadlines, the work culture of the organizations revolves around the clock. Enterprises have noticed that this tedious cycle is one of the reasons behind reduced motivation toward work hampering the overall productivity. Lack of employee engagement leads to the failure of business transformation efforts. Therefore, global businesses are adopting gamification techniques to enhance employee engagement within the organization to improve work productivity. Companies are focusing primarily on employee satisfaction and introducing an abundance of technologies as gamification is the need of the hour.
The quality and efficiency of the training are increased with the application of gamification technique which uses game elements and mechanics as motivators in learning programs to affect behavior. It enhances engagement by using gaming mechanics like badges or leaderboards and rewards to motivate employees. Since engaged learners learn faster and better, the employees engaged in training will master skills faster and retain more information than employees entangled in traditional and passive training programs. In a professional environment with more extended training sessions, the need for engagement increases further as it widens the attention spans and learning becomes fun rather than an imposed chore.
The traditional methods of learning focus on pushing learner to master the provided content, that is, office training programs force workers to learn skills for achieving proficiency at specific tasks that will translate to higher profits. On the other hand, the principles of gamification and game-based learning reject the content focused model of learning and focuses on the learner itself. The process of learning becomes engaging, social and enjoyable with the game design elements and mechanism which ultimately draws learners to the content.
The gamification and game-based learning will grow in coming years and further penetrate industries, especially in industries which are essential but follow boring and tedious processes or are highly competitive and do not employ a knowledge workforce. Enterprises can utilize gamification technologies for employee training and making the workplace culture more employee-friendly.