Game On: Growing Trend of Gamification in Training

Aug 31, 2023 | Press and Media

The transformative power of gamification in corporate training programs is increasingly recognized as a crucial strategy for enhancing employee engagement, learning retention, and overall corporate performance. Heather Stratford, Founder and CEO of Drip7, underscores the significance of gamification in learning, emphasizing its potential to make training more enjoyable and effective, thereby fostering behavior change and bolstering corporate outcomes.

The Growing Trend of Gamification in Training

The adoption of gamification in training is on an upward trajectory, predicted to escalate to a $46.44 billion market by 2027. This surge is driven by the dual benefits gamification offers to both employees and employers. Employees find gamified training more engaging and fun, while employers witness tangible improvements in training effectiveness. Illustrative of this trend, global accounting firms like KPMG and Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) have documented the positive impacts of gamified training on their operations.

Case Studies Highlighting the Effectiveness of Gamification

KPMG’s Gamified Training Program

The Harvard Business Review highlighted KPMG’s two-year gamified training initiative aimed at deepening employee understanding of its products and services. This program led to notable enhancements across various metrics, including a 25% increase in fees collected and a 22% rise in new client opportunities. Furthermore, the enduring benefits of the training suggest a lasting behavior change, underscoring the effectiveness of gamification in embedding knowledge and competencies.

Price Waterhouse Cooper’s Game of Threats™

PwC’s Game of Threats™ is another testament to the power of gamification, designed to sharpen the cyber defense skills of senior executives and board members. Through a fast-paced, decision-making game, players gain a practical understanding of cybersecurity defense strategies, emphasizing the role of gamification in fostering critical thinking and responsive action in high-stakes environments.

The Dual-Edged Sword of AI in Training

The rise of AI in the training domain presents both opportunities and challenges. While malicious actors may exploit AI to sophisticate their attacks, AI also holds the promise of accelerating the development and diversification of training content, including gamified elements. This evolution can enhance training effectiveness, making it more engaging and relevant to today’s workforce.

The Advantages of Gamification in Corporate Training

Stratford points out several key benefits of incorporating gamification into training strategies. These include increased engagement, an enhanced learning experience, motivation, improved retention, social collaboration, and immediate feedback. Such benefits highlight the comprehensive value gamification adds to the learning process, appealing to diverse learning preferences across the multigenerational workforce.

Personalized Gamification and Future Directions

As technology continues to evolve, the future of gamification in training looks promising, with potential for further personalization to meet individual learning styles and challenges. This approach is not limited to corporate settings but extends to other areas like health and wellness, where gamification is employed to encourage healthier lifestyle choices.

In conclusion, gamification in training is not a fleeting trend but a growing strategy that is here to stay. By thoughtfully integrating gamified elements into training programs, organizations can expect to see not only happier and more engaged employees but also significant improvements in skills and behaviors that align with corporate objectives. Whether it’s enhancing cybersecurity awareness or driving business growth, gamified training holds the key to achieving sustainable behavior change and organizational success.

This release was originally featured on EIN Presswire.