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Simulation-Based Training: The Benefits for Business

 

Posted on Tue, 14/11/2017 - 08:46

The premise behind simulation-based training is that learning comes by doing. It allows learners to be active participants in the process, which takes learning to a deeper level, than just reading about how to do something.

Companies who choose simulation training for their employees are making a choice that’s good for their workers, as well as their business.

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Simulation-based benefits

The advantages that come to a company from using simulation-based training are intertwined with what the employees gain. A company is only as good as the people who represent them.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the benefits:

  • It’s risk-free. The first industries to use simulations were aviation and the military. No one would get very far learning to fly a plane if they were practicing with actual planes! Simulations allow the learner to interact with the content and perform tasks in a way that poses no risk to people, equipment, or the reputation of the company. For example, practicing sales or customer service techniques on actual customers could have adverse effects when mistakes are made.
  • It saves money. There are a couple ways that simulation-based training saves money.
    • Because the learning is done online, there’s no chance that expensive equipment or hardware will be damaged in the learning process.

    • eLearning simulations enable training to be done anywhere, at any time, eliminating the need for scheduled, on-site training that would incur travel expenses and necessitate employees missing time on the job.

    • There’s no loss in productivity with simulated experiences. Another employee doesn’t have to give up their duties for a period of time in order to facilitate or teach training sessions.

  • Learners are motivated. Simulation-based training gives employees the chance to experiment with different strategies and assess which ones worked and which ones didn’t. This freedom to experiment encourages learners to keep trying until they find a method that works best. Simulations have a game-like quality so it’s easy to introduce an element of friendly competition among co-workers, which can create excitement, further motivating employees.

  • Learners retain more. Reading about how to do something isn’t nearly as effective as doing it for oneself. Learners have a greater ability to remember and apply what they’ve learned through simulation-based activities. Proper application is the proof that knowledge has actually been attained and learning has happened.

  • Employees are better prepared. Perhaps the greatest benefit of simulation-based training for businesses is the way it prepares workers. When employees are able to continuously work through simulated scenarios, their confidence grows in their own abilities. They are ready to tackle real issues when they come up because they’ve encountered them in simulations. They can better handle the problems of their customers because they’re comfortable with their roles and know just what to do.

Though simulation-based training began with pilots and military personnel, it has successfully left its mark on today’s advanced world of eLearning. The benefits that the employees receive turn into an advantage for the whole company.  

Designing Digitally, Inc. has the capabilities to design a custom-based simulation training program for your organization that will engage and retain employees, increase productivity, and improve the bottom line. Contact them today for your no-obligation proposal.

By Designing Digitally, Inc.