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Articles by Dave Zielinski
HR embraces gaming as way to inspire, motivate and train employees
More companies are choosing “serious” games and simulations over traditional training methods for their ability to mimic real-world work challenges and keep employees engaged in learning.
Senior finance leaders have long taken special interest in human resources, given that compensation and benefits constitute a large portion of any organization’s expenses. But according to a recent study, American chief financial officers (CFOs) might be ratcheting up their oversight of HR because of the tough economy and concerns about health care reform legislation.
Human resource professionals are adapting social media tools for internal use. These tools foster more-efficient communication with dispersed workers, have self-service features that free up HR staff members to focus on strategic issues, and allow employees to swap tips and experiences around topics such as wellness or 401(k) investments.
Here are some innovative ways internal social networks are being applied by HR:
Hiring managers as well as human resource leaders at Burger King Corp. had grown increasingly frustrated with the fast food company’s paper-based job application process. Paperwork was unwieldy to manage, restaurant managers too often spent valuable time screening candidates who didn’t pan out, and there were significant cost and time inefficiencies in processing I-9 and Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) forms.
Simulations teach employees under real-life conditions—without real-world consequences.
A growing number of employees are using online simulations to role-play challenging scenarios, practice job skills and attend virtual meetings by logging on to web sites. In some cases, simulations in virtual worlds save companies huge sums that would have been spent trying to re-create job conditions in the real world.