Games that build transferable skills. There are some games that, while they might not have an obvious connection to work, build critical skills that can be transferred to the workplace.
Military leaders have long used chess to build strategic decision-making skills. While it’s not a realistic simulation of warfare, chess forces players to evaluate evolving conditions, assess the capabilities and position of each unit, then make calculated decisions about where to attack, when to fall back and what to sacrifice to achieve their objective.
Chess isn’t the only example. Some organizations have teams take improv comedy lessons as a way to develop group communication and problem-solving skills. Toys like Bee-Bot, where children tap buttons on the back of a plastic bee to direct its movements, can teach basic computer programming concepts like sequencing and debugging.
If you decide to use these types of games in your training program, make sure to have a debriefing where learners can make the connection to their jobs, otherwise it’s just goofing around.