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What Should Every Company Know About Training Simulations?

 

Posted on Tue, 13/06/2017 - 09:49

In today’s tech-driven world, elearning, gamification, and simulations seem commonplace. Education has been transformed by the inclusion of digital learning activities. Learners are engaging with content in different ways than ever before and the result is a deeper understanding and the ability to apply what they are learning to real situations.

It seems like everyone would be on the elearning bandwagon, but there are some companies that are hesitant to let go of traditional training methods for their employees. If they had a better understanding of the ways simulations can benefit their employees, they might just change their minds.

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Why simulations?

There are some important advantages that corporations should take into account when considering using simulation training.

  • The almighty dollar. It may help a company owner make a decision if they knew that simulation training can save them money. The fact is, the time that employees spend on training is time that they aren’t working. That’s a drop in productivity. This is in addition to the travel expenses that are commonly related to traditional training. While there are some up-front costs associated with the development of the program, they don’t compare to the continued expenses like hotels, travel, lodging, or compensating an instructor.  In addition, several employees do not need to be pulled off the floor to participate in training at the same time. Training can be staggered thus having less of an impact on productivity.
  • Global reach. If the company is international, training simulations can be shared virtually anywhere around the world. Imagine the time and cost associated with gathering employees from all over the globe together in one place!
  • Greater flexibility. A training simulation can be accessed at any time, for any number of employees, with specific objectives. It doesn’t require everyone to be in the same room, at the same time, or everyone to learn the same material. Time is used more efficiently when groups only have to work through the material that is specific to their position or duties.
  • Employees receive immediate performance feedback. It’s important for learners to find out what they’re doing well in a timely manner. Likewise, it’s better to be able to see mistakes and try another course while they’re in the moment.
  • The time factor. Anyone in the business world knows that time is money. Traditional training methods take time. There is travel time involved, as well as the time it takes to actually conduct the sessions. Simulations avoid much of this. Once the program is created it can be used over and over again without the need for a trainer or instructor. Simulations require no setup, which can also be time-consuming. 
  • Provide accountability. From the standpoint of the owner of a company, simulations make sense for many reasons. Accountability is a big one. Simulations allow those in charge to look at all the data collected for each employee as they work through the program. Employers can pinpoint, over time, who is performing well and who isn’t working up to the necessary standards.

When an employer or company owner truly understands the many benefits associated with switching to a simulation training program, they are likely to get on board with the digital revolution.

In the long run, while the initial investment may be higher, the long-term return on investment is greater.  Designing Digitally, Inc. is an award-winning provider of elearning solutions who can help your organization incorporate elearning that increases employee engagement, increases productivity, and has a positive impact on the bottom line. Contact them today for your free quote!

By Designing Digitally, Inc.