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1. Despite the high levels of unemployment, skills are hard to find.
2. Today, employees want their training to include video and games. Important items are “learner experience”, and training being highly tailored to the working environment of the employers.
3. Training is also an engagement and retention tool; it brings people together into a common culture.
Simulations are great instruments to develop the right skills, to develop the corporate culture, to solve the issues that are relevant to be fixed.
Reason 1 – We Need to Develop Skills to Do Our Work BetterLet’s focus on the word “skills”, meaning “the ability to do something well; expertise”. Skills are what you need in order to apply the theory gained from reading a book, a class or an e-learning intervention into day-to-day work. It is this skill that will be developed in a one- day simulation. Without the skills (and the knowledge), the participant will not be able to solve all issues. It requires communication, teamwork, decision making and many more such “soft skills”. One full day, with the whole team acting in a realistic environment; working on the issues that are relevant for the team, experimenting with new ways of working, and practicing new skills, can achieve significant improvement gains. And on top of all this, it’s not that expensive! In fact, it can cost less than Euro 400 per participant. Improving the work performance with 1% already gives a significant part of your ROI.
Reason 2 – We Need to Fix Issues that Are Relevant for Our WorkDuring the intake of a new serious business simulation, one of the crucial questions to explore is, “What problem do you want to solve?”. We want to customize the simulation in such a way that we make sure we focus on the issues that need to be solved. If the issue is lack of communication, then during the simulation we will focus on this item during the entire day:
This is all based on the wish situation. This is a clear description of the behaviors we all want to see in our day-to-day work. Using the 8-field-model. Focus on the things that matter:
Reason 3 – Brings People Into a Common CulturePlaying together means learning together. We know this from our childhood. Discussion and dialogue are great interventions to test each others’ position. It develops the way we think about “things”. We develop, “This is the way we do it here!”. We call this the culture of the company.
It is much more powerful to work together creating and testing this culture, than to just listen to the boss who is telling us about the culture in the company.
So, simulations are great instruments to develop the right skills, to develop the corporate culture, to solve the issues that are relevent to be fixed.