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Transforming Onboarding: A Strategic Gamification Framework

This detailed guide provides a thorough methodology for integrating gamification into the onboarding and continuous learning processes within organizations. Funded by Erasmus+ under the project “Onboard: Organizational Orientation and Socialization of a New Generation,” this resource is crafted to make onboarding a dynamic, engaging, and deeply educational experience for new hires across various industries.

Key Components of the Methodology

  1. Gamification Introduction: Emphasizes the power of gamification to increase engagement, enhance knowledge retention, and boost motivation among new employees. It outlines how gamification leverages natural human tendencies like competition and achievement to enrich learning experiences.

  2. GameStorm Approach: Introduces GameStorm as an innovative method for developing gamified solutions that cater to specific organizational needs, focusing on identifying constructive and destructive employee behaviors through collaborative sessions.

  3. Dual Playing Fields: Discusses the internal and external dynamics affecting organizations and how understanding these can help tailor gamification strategies effectively.

  4. Structured Onboarding Phases: Details phased content integration and role-specific customization to adapt the onboarding process to diverse company cultures and operational scales, from startups to large enterprises.

  5. Adaptability and Practical Implementation: Provides actionable insights on how companies can adapt the gamification methodology, ensuring it aligns with their unique cultures, operational sizes, and specific training needs. The document also includes a step-by-step guide for companies considering gamification, from assessing objectives to implementing and refining the onboarding process.

Conclusion and Utility: The methodology is presented as an adaptable framework designed not just to improve how new hires are onboarded but to ensure they are effectively integrated into the organization’s culture and operational ethos. With comprehensive tools, detailed case studies, and a clear breakdown of the gamification elements, it serves as an invaluable resource for HR professionals and organizational leaders aiming to innovate their approach to employee induction and development.

Dive into the full document to explore our structured approach and learn how to apply gamification in your onboarding process.  

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Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.


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