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When it comes to designing training programs for your business, there are so many options available. From traditional programs to eLearning, gaming simulation to video programs, it can be difficult to determine what will work best for your employees.
During this decision making process, you should ask yourself what your employees need to learn from your selected program. Conducting a needs analysis will determine your training needs. Will they be applying learnings to real life scenarios? Is your program teaching your employees something that is directly transferable to their job? What level of engagement do you want or need from your selected program?
For companies that need to achieve a high level of engagement in their program for the purpose of skills related to process and decision making, simulation based training is often the answer. Simulation based training means that the program is very close to real life and is designed for directly transferable skills to the employee’s job.
If your training department determines that simulation based training is the most appropriate training method to achieve the desired outcomes, your next question might be: how do businesses succeed through such training?
We can answer that question for you. Below are three ways businesses succeed through simulation based training.
When working with training programs, it has traditionally been difficult to find strategies and tactics that provide real world training. Textbooks and classroom learning opportunities are certainly not set-up for success; after all, attention rates and overall engagement plummet once an employee becomes distracted.
Simulation based learning is set-up for success. When developed and deployed correctly, such learning gives employees the skills they need to take what they have learned into a real world environment. The critical key is the development and deployment; it’s important to place a significant focus on testing the program before launch. Put yourself in the shoes of your employees. Is the program engaging? Have you become bored? Is there enough in the way of competition or gamification? Consider how your employees would react when engaging with the program you have developed.