The process of upskilling need not be boring and routined. Here are 5 ways to spice things up!
By introducing game mechanics such as rules, challenges, and rewards for achievements, we can not only increase the fun factor but most importantly learners are motivated by their desire to win. According to the Harvard Business Review, there is a 37 percent increase in the number of returns by users to Deloitte’s gamified corporate learning program. Deloitte’s Leadership Academy is an effective example of how gamification increased engagement through injecting competitive elements such as leaderboards into their training programs.
You don’t have to splurge on a state of the art gamified Learning Management System (LMS). Try cheap and cheerful first; monitor your chosen sharing platforms, keep track of the biggest contributors based on a few different metrics (most articles posted, most comments on an article) and announce those standings.
Let’s assume that 80% of your employees have a smartphone. This is your talent development secret weapon. Mobile learning provides personalized ‘bite-sized’ materials that suit modern lifestyles and learning patterns and has become increasingly more relevant to corporate training. Outside the confines of the classroom – educational apps provide professionals with the flexibility to choose what they learn and when!
Social networks don’t have to be a no-no in the office. You can use a closed LinkedIn, Facebook or other social networking platforms to foster knowledge exchange and discussions. Think that Pinterest is only for lifestyle? Think again. Pinners include digital libraries on Gamification, The Future of Banking and Banking Innovation and technology.
Staff cuts? Your training team may not have the bandwidth to find and share articles and resources through these channels. Crowdsource it! Once you get a few senior people onboard sharing compelling articles and their favorite information sources, others will follow. Your team can lead the charge by setting up Pinterest boards and other information aggregation platforms and let things evolve within the organization.
It’s time to embrace ‘sticky’ learning innovations by adopting a blended learning approach. Use tools such as numerical simulation to optimize the effectiveness of any program and help learner immerse in a virtual world. This allows for the application and testing of theoretical knowledge in a safe and risk-free environment. The next time you’re evaluating how to spend the budget you fought so hard for, why not focus on sticky learning.
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