Virtual reality has long gone beyond the entertainment concept. Today, titans like Amazon and IKEA are actively implementing VR to attract customers, making shopping fun. But the potential of VR technologies is not limited to retail, its opportunities for training and professional development of staff are truly limitless.
VR opportunities in corporate training
63% of millennial employees are ready and willing to use AR and VR technologies in their work. This means that in 10-20 years, virtual reality can become part of the workflow.
What are the advantages of corporate training with VR?
- Firstly, it is more exciting. Gamification of the material simplifies the perception of new information. Employees enjoy the learning process itself, so they absorb and remember the material better.
- Secondly, most people are concerned more about visuals. And if we take into account that 85% of all information coming to the brain is perceived by our eyes, then the effectiveness of VR training is beyond doubt.
- Thirdly, it creates an engagement effect that cannot be achieved by reading textbooks and listening to corporate lectures from speakers. The sense of presence allows you to develop soft skills, improves muscle memory.
VR makes corporate training completely safe
These technologies are increasingly used in areas where the training and skill level of specialists is of overriding importance. For example:
- In healthcare, VR is used to train and test the skills of doctors. Smart platforms allow beginner surgeons to view operations in 3600 format online.
- Boeing employees learn how to assemble aircraft wires using a VR headset. This reduces construction time by a quarter and eliminates the risk of errors.
- With the help of virtual reality equipment, Gazpromneft employees learn to work with cranes weighing several tons. A video recording of the learning process allows you to work on mistakes.
- VR technology allows you to create simulators where employees practice their skills in dealing with objections and conflict resolution. This is relevant for the banking segment, insurance companies, and retail.
- Beginners can use virtual technologies to train their skills and improve their skills without fear of mistakes that cause injuries, and sometimes disability and death. This is especially important for such industries as military defense, aviation, manufacturing, fire safety, and energy.
VR technologies are constantly improving, becoming more affordable and cheaper. Even 2-3 years ago, VR programs and training equipment were available only to the largest corporations and military departments of states. Today, virtual reality has already entered the medium-sized business, and tomorrow it will be available for small businesses.
You just need to buy glasses, a controller, and a smartphone, as well as purchase the necessary software to organize employee training and save time and budget.