Most of us know what virtual reality is, and most corporate leadership understands the benefit of effective training, but not many understand the potential for improving the bottom line using VR. Virtual reality creates an immersive experience where the viewer can be transported to a completely different area, city, or world. Recently, the technology has mainly been associated with gaming and entertainment. This association with video games has caused many companies to be leery about the application of virtual reality in corporate training. Although it may seem strange at first, virtual reality has several benefits that can be applied to any company in any sector!
1. Realistic Environment
Typical training sessions at a company take place in a room or in front of a computer screen. While this style of teaching may be able to communicate information concerning an employee's job, it is unable to create a realistic representation of an employee’s day-to-day work. Enter virtual reality! By simply putting on a VR headset, an employee is able to experience a simulation of what a typical day will entail. This realistic simulation prepares employees to complete their work before taking on their actual responsibilities.
2. Make Mistakes
This benefit goes along with the previous point. By utilizing a virtual reality training simulation, employees can be immersed in a realistic environment. In this realistic environment, employees are able to learn about their job, but they are also able to make mistakes. Instead of resulting in a loss of revenue, employees can learn why they made the mistake, how they can fix their mistake, and how to prevent it from happening again. Employers will be able to save money simply by allowing their employees to make mistakes in a virtual world instead of on the job.
3. Increases Engagement
Traditional training methods such as PowerPoint, videos, and written documents can be boring and unengaging. It doesn't matter how important your information is if an employee can't remember the material. Virtual reality grabs the user's attention and delivers any message in a unique and powerful format! Increasing employee engagement during training results in employees retaining more of the training materials and being more productive in both the short term and long term.
4. Ability to Collaborate
Nobody works in a vacuum, so why should training be a solo experience? Most employee training programs work with either a video, slideshow, or reading format. While these may get across some valuable information, they don't prepare employees to interact on a daily basis. Virtual reality training programs can be customized to include interactions with other employees in various situations. New hires won't have to feel uncomfortable when working with others in your company for the first time!
How do you know how effective your employee training program is if you can't gain actionable data? Most training systems provide superficial data such as if a person completed a reading or video. Virtual reality training programs can track how long it took someone to complete a task, which actions they choose to take in the simulation, if an employee was able to complete the goal in a satisfactory way, and more! All these analytics allow HR departments and managers to become more knowledgeable and make more action oriented decisions.