ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and it is one of the most common childhood disorders. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and hyperactivity. It is difficult to believe when you watch kids siting in front of the television for hours or fully focused on one of their video games.
Maybe it is not the kids. Maybe it is our world. Our world is too slow for them. The old days of sitting by the fireplace to read the newspaper are gone. These kids yearn for speed, interactivity, action…
Millennials: A new generation
They are a new generation, they are different and they are here.
We call them Millennials or Generation Y. They were born between 1981 and 2000. They are already 34% of our workforce, 50% by 2020 and 75% by 2025.
And we are not ready for them: 68% of corporate recruiters say it’s difficult for their organization to manage Millennials. From the training and development perspective, human resources say: 63% do a poor job providing mobile and social learning. 67% poorly use Massive Online Open Courses. And 71% don’t have a strong use of advanced media (gaming, videos, simulation…)
So it doesn’t look like we are going to be able to handle this new workforce if we don’t change some things.
In fact, they are different. These are some of their main characteristics:
- They are tech-savvy: They were born with a game console in their hands…
- They are connected: The vast majority use social networking sites… they share their lives.
- They are professional multitaskers: Generation X was proud of using 2 screens, they use 4 and 5.
- They are good at collaboration: Perfect for team work. They are avid gammers: They are competitive and like challenges.
- They are impatient: If they don’t like something, they will change. Real time.
- And they are real gamers. 65% of them are either avid or regular gamers, and only 11% never play.
How to train millennials
- Tell them what you expect and how they will be evaluated.
- Make the practical value of their training crystal clear.
- Connect training directly to on-the-job achievement and success.
- Make training relevant. They have zero tolerance for irrelevant content.
- Keep it tech-savvy. Engage them through the use of technology.
- Provide e-learning so they can train at their convenience.
- Mobile, Mobile, Mobile.
- Give constant feedback and praise.
- Offer a social learning environment.
- Gamify learning or game-based learning.
Gamelearn, world leader in game-based learning, mixs all these tools and also combine game-based learning and gamification to achieve the best results. Gamelearn solutions are video games on management skills and apps where these skills can we developed by putting them into practice.
Learn more about Gamelearn: http://www.game-learn.com
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