How Gamification Makes Compliance Fun


The majority of employees view compliance training as a mundane task they must endure before they can go back to doing their actual job. Their engagement and motivator are to keep clicking on “Next” until they “completed” their modules!

But what if we told you that you could make your compliance training even more interactive? Whether you’re talking about cybersecurity learning or HIPAA laws, you can make compliance fun by encouraging participation, influencing behavior, and improving user engagement.

How? That’s where gamification comes along. This can make compliance training enjoyable and brings out the best in participants. Let’s take a look at what gamification is and how it benefits compliance training. 

What is Gamification?

Gamification is when one applies the typical elements of game playing to compliance training, thus encouraging engagement. Such elements can include competition, achievements, point-scoring, and the like.

At higher levels, gamification is interesting as it can make the difficult parts of life fun. Moreover, it’s known to engage employees and improve knowledge retention. You can tie training to the real world and make it more meaningful for people as they are more likely to stick around and listen as they participate in activities. 

How to Incorporate Gamification

So, what can you do to incorporate gamification into your compliance training strategy? Here are some helpful tips to follow: 

  1. Complete goals or missions 

It isn’t fun playing games until the halfway mark, with all of us wanting to win and see what happens when you finish the game. That’s why you’ll want to set challenges, goals, or missions for participants to complete, which is considered a fundamental element of gamification.

It’s achieving goals that give participants the motivation to complete tasks while they learn a lot along the way. Learners will be intrigued with what the final outcome is and whether they can complete tasks on time. Most learners love to compete and win! 

  1. Exploratory learner-centered experience 

One notable characteristic of gamification is the non-linear and exploratory progression through content. Think about quest-based video games where you get to choose environments you can visit from a map, each of them having specific tasks to complete.

You can select these locations in whatever order for learners to have more choice and control in their learning experience. That is also key to adult learning. Adult learners tend to feel more satisfied when selecting what to learn and when they can, giving them more freedom with a sense of safety and confidence. 

  1. Achieve tasks posing risks and rewards

Successful gamification will include the excitement factor and sense of anticipation included with unexpected experiences. What are games without risks and rewards? No one would want a boring and stable experience without any incentive to move forward! That’s why you’ll want to give participants challenges after every module for them to keep going. 

Wrapping It Up

Now that you know about the wonders of gamification in compliance training, why not implement it into your strategy now?