Each HR manager understands the importance of good onboarding, but for many companies in practice it turns out to be a challenge to be able to offer every new employee a suitable and supervised onboarding process. The Gamification methodology enables you to give each new team member a personal and effective onboarding without spending a lot of time on current employees.

Onboarding with Gamification not only lays a solid foundation when new staff are just starting, but also improves countless business processes. This method ensures:

  • A fast and effective deployment of new staff
  • Clarity in both the way of working and the vision of your company
  • Less staff turnover
  • An active corporate culture

With Gamification your employees get to the required level more quickly and become productive faster, because of the foundation on the 3 pillars below:

1. Employ intrinsic motivation

What works better: wanting to do something, or being required to do it? Employees who learn out of interest develop more quickly than those who feel like they are obliged to do so. A good onboarding process sets the tone for the mindset of your employees and for retention of your staff.

“A lack of good onboarding is one of the key reasons 60% of new employees leave in the first month.”Robert Half

A Gamification-based onboarding process is based on intrinsic motivation and enthusiasm. The game mechanisms are designed to get employees to improve their knowledge and skills along the way, because they themselves want this. You can achieve such a mindset more quickly with an indirect approach:

“You have to create conditions under which the behavior that is desirable becomes easier and more natural to perform. That is the key to behavioral change.” ­­­– Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman

With Gamification you are in charge of shaping these conditions or – if you prefer – rules.

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2. Show that learning is interesting

Just as improving your personal record makes you feel good and motivates you to go to extremes, Games reward players with accomplishments, points and unlockables. All of these stimuli focus on the same end goal: achieving the highest possible score.

In the words of writer and entrepreneur Mark Ernst: you offer new employees a platform on which “aspects like motivation, pride and commitment flourish and human performance is boosted”.

Experiencing fun from learning

What someone experiences as fun or interesting, encourages repetition and lasts longer. This has a physiological cause. The sensation of pleasure is a rich source of dopamine: the ‘happiness hormone’ that is created when certain activities appeal to and activate the reward system in the brain, which makes you want to keep performing that activity. Dopamine not only causes a pleasant feeling, but also has a beneficial effect on your memory, according to research in the Journal of Neuroscience.

A good learning process depends on repetition, and our Games facilitate this in an effective and fun way.

From passive listener to active participant

Knowledge and skills only come to life when you can put them into practice. Learning by listening, such as by attending lectures, lacks interaction and quickly becomes passive consumption. In such cases it is a challenge to maintain focus.

Gamification assumes a DIY mentality in which the employee is in charge of his or her own development.

An active, autonomous learning attitude makes the learning process more dynamic.

3. Embrace trial-and-error

A safe learning environment is important for the development process of the new employee. Someone who has just joined the company wants immediately to be of use and to get familiar with the company, but at the same time is often wary of making mistakes.

Completely understandable, but the combination of these factors puts a brake on development.

What if employees are allowed to explore what they can, may and should do, without the need for one-on-one supervision and without these actions having consequences in real life? In our Games, each participant uses an avatar (a fictitious character in a fictitious environment), so that an incorrect answer never has far-reaching consequences.

This makes learning in game form the ultimate form of trial-and-error. If the player occasionally achieves disappointing results in the Game, this does not immediately lead to disillusionment, but rather to extra motivation to improve them.

Gamification makes the learning process safer.

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Effective onboarding with Gamification

Effective onboarding of new staff does not end with introductions to colleagues and a tour of the company premises, but rather starts with these. By applying a game layer with Gamification, you effectively build the behavioral change needed to fully utilize your employee’s knowledge and skills. Increase the effect of your onboarding with Gamification.

Want to know more about Gamification and onboarding? Then come to our (online) Gamification Workshop, where you will learn the do’s and don’ts of Gamification in no time.

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