October 13, 2021

5 Ways to Use 1Huddle for Team Building & Employee Training

Sam Caucci

Employee at bar using 1huddle app

Tired of the same boring employee training and team-building outings? 

There are only so many times that you can gather in a conference room or on Zoom to run through the same basic concepts for the 5th year in a row. Why not change it up?

1Huddle uses the power of mobile games to take your training method to the next level and reach your business goals. This process is called gamification, and it’s a common real-world way to get people excited and engage their competitive spirit.

Air miles, award shows, and even your favorite sports games are all examples of how gamification can get us excited about something ordinary. In the business world, you’ll see employers engage large and small groups in gamification when they start new traditions like employee of the month awards, or even just post sales leaderboards to encourage a bit of healthy competition.

Applying these types of game mechanics to your team-building activities is a great way to encourage a greater sense of community and connection between members of your staff. Plus, in the long-term it helps with employee training by transforming this stagnant and often boring necessity into a more fun and exciting activity.

Here’s how it works.

Explore Training Games for the Workplace with 1Huddle

Using 1Huddle is easy. You can create a new game in minutes, have your team members play it anywhere, then run real-time analytics on their learning and development progress. 

Even though it’s easy to use, it can take a little bit of trial and error to really customize it for your team so they’re getting as much out of it as possible. 

Here are some of our best tips for success:

1. Keep things simple to start

When you’re first starting out, start small. You can ask your team what types of feedback will benefit them the most, then implement those to start. 

Keep the rewards minimal, and instead, focus on feedback. Once your program is running, it’s important to keep it consistent. It’s OK if it evolves organically.

2. Focus on desired learning outcomes

Your employees will get the most out of each activity if you’re able to use questions and pose challenges that center around your desired learning outcomes. Competition can’t be the sole focus. Figure out your desired learning outcomes first, then design the game mechanics around them.

3. Use 1Huddle as your employee sandbox

As fun as it is, your employees need to learn how to work together in the real world, not just in the game. The most effective employee team-building exercises and ideas start out in 1Huddle, then gradually transition into real-world teamwork skills.

Use our platform to measure your staff’s performance and encourage them to demonstrate their skills in this learning environment, then make decisions about how to push their training into the real world.

4. Introduce rewards only once games are established

To help your staff focus on the training aspect of 1Huddle, try to introduce rewards only after a game has been established. This helps to keep competition friendly, while also motivating your team to work together.

5. Keep penalties lighthearted

Think of penalties along the same line as rewards. They’re great for motivation, but they shouldn’t be the sole focus of each game. Make sure to keep penalties lighthearted, with no actual punishment, to ensure that employees stay motivated and engaged with no fear of reprisal or real-world consequences.

Explore Better Employee Team Building Ideas with 1Huddle

With the tips we showed you today, you’ll be better prepared to plan and design new and engaging team-building games for your employees on the 1Huddle platform. Using our proprietary game builder, it’s easy to design more interesting and engaging training and team-building sessions that employees actually want to attend.

Gamifying your employee training program is a great way to boost engagement and get your employees excited about learning together. Eager to learn how 1Huddle can help you level up your next employee training session? 

Start your free trial today to see how it works for yourself.  

Sam Caucci, Founder & CEO at 1Huddle

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