Jan 22, 2020
True safety culture is of open learning and development. Do you see an employee playing a mobile game? Don't assume they're not working. They could be engaged in some innovative safety training by using modern methods of gamification. Hiring key personnel for your team is a high priority for a transformational organization. This hiring prioritization often comes at the expense of streamlining safety training for the workers once they arrive.
Online training is steadily growing more sophisticated every year. They can truly help in employee development by engaging the workers in modern gamification instead of the old way of rote phrases like "safety first". Many companies are jumping into the fray to develop mobile games that assist safety leadership with the onboarding process. Enter the Pittsburgh-area educational tech company Simoach. They create mobile applications that can assist with potential new employee hires with proper equipment usage and safety learning.
This is helpful in recruiting younger workers, especially those who are familiar with these types of mobile gaming experiences by seamlessly inserting construction education that promotes a culture of safety directly inside the game itself. Harness Hero, a mobile game developed by Simcoach, is a recent example of safety leadership through gamification. In this game, potential recruits are introduced to the basic layout of a construction site, as well as any potential hazards that a worker might face in a day-to-day situation, including the proper handling of machinery and safety gear. Players earn points and badges as they progress through the game.
This is a welcome new era of job training where fun is prioritized to drive results.
While finding the right employee hires is a key concern for any business, less attention has been paid, until recently, to streamlined training and workforce development initiatives. Yet, with the growing sophistication and proliferation of online training services and mobile apps that can assist with employee development, it's no surprise one company has found a way to help the construction industry with their onboarding processes.
The Pittsburgh-based educational app developer, Simcoach, has created an app that helps potential construction hires with basic safety and equipment usage. Zachary Phillips of ConstructionDive reports, "Mobile games encourage continued usage by promising prizes, levels, and rewards for advancing through challenges. Construction managers are capitalizing on younger generations' interest in these types of games, especially on mobile platforms, to recruit and promote safety through educational construction apps."