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Why You Should be Using Gamification for Staff Learning


August 30, 2019



gamification for staff learning

Gamification is a force to be reckoned with in the game of staff learning. It encompasses the implementation of game-like exercises into microlearning modules for the enhancement of employee learning and knowledge retention.

Who would have thought that incorporating games in employee training can be one of the driving tools to enterprise success? We did, and here’s why.

Gamification allows for a boost in knowledge understanding and retention

Gamification for staff learning entails embedding core concepts into the long-term memory of learners. The ability to draw upon knowledge on-demand is ideal for on-the-go learning, especially in situations of need. Spaced repetition refers to the systematic review of material in snippets after initial exposure to information, with increasing large gaps between reviews. The objective of this strategy is to allow the information to chunk together to be easily remembered, avoiding cognitive overload. Low cognitive load allows for the chunks of information to be better retained in the make up of a holistic concept.

Intrinsic motivation is used for employee encouragement

Emotionally-based motivation boosts employee engagement and productivity, due to feelings of value and support. Recognition in the workplace has been proven to have a significant effect on the performance of employees. In other words, the more your employees feel valued and appreciated, the more successful they will be in their role. Gamification incorporates intrinsic motivation by providing learners with a sense of healthy competition, encouraging them to progress through content in higher volumes and come out as the best in their team.

Extrinsic motivation is used for employee engagement

Extrinsic motivation is translated through the gamification element implemented in microlessons in the form of real-life prizes. Depending on the achievement of the learner, prizes such as vouchers and physical objects, are available to employees. Learners are encouraged to progress consistently through course training, resulting in a higher rate of training completion in a lesser amount of time.

Employee engagement and productivity is significantly increased

A primal benefit of gamification is the increased productivity of employees, due to higher engagement rates. Gamification eradicates the hours dedicated to face-to-face training, often taking away from productive days in the office. Employees are motivated to complete their necessary training during out-of-office hours due to the game-like features in microlessons.


Want to know more about gamification for effective company training?

If you’d like to use gamification to turbocharge your workforce training for practices, policies, procedures or products, get in touch with SC Training (formerly EdApp) at enquiries@edapp.com. You can also try SC Training (formerly EdApp)’s spaced repetition implementation, Brain Boost spaced repetition app, for free by signing up here.

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Guest Author Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown is a senior technical editor and writer that has worked in the education and technology sectors for two decades. Their background experience includes curriculum development and course book creation.

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