Technology is evolving more than ever, and at long last, we now have the technology to ensure that virtual reality is as every day as the Internet or television. Whether it’s via our smartphone or a PC, more and more people are enjoying what VR has to offer, and are keen to experience more.
VR has quickly found an audience, thanks to devices such as the Playstation 4, Oculus and Samsung VR.
However, there’s more to virtual reality than just games and immersive videos. Businesses are quickly adopting the VR platform to ensure that job training is now more of a straightforward and cost-effective process.
Ideal for Risky Environments
The way of the world means that many people may change skill sets when job hunting, so the employment process can be tricky, as many will now want untrained individuals on work sites or within warehouses where many accidents can occur if the right processes aren’t followed. However, the introduction of VR gives businesses a new avenue in which to train people and ensure that they’re capable of carrying out the task at hand.
For example, those who operate a warehouse may have a number of forklift truck operators, and if they’re new to the field, they may not feel too confident jumping in head first. A VR training regime can allow new employees to take the controls without ever stepping foot onto the factory floor. This means that mistakes can be made without incidents, and training can be implemented to ensure that such mistakes don’t occur when employees carry out their role.
Or, think of police training. VR is able to create a real, inexpensive and harmless simulation of how police should react in the event of force majeure.
Better Time Management
Many businesses work in various directions, and it can be normal for people to attend training workshops to ensure that they are fully knowledgeable when it comes to carrying out a role. However, some training workshops can be a great distance away from the job itself, and some aren’t able to commit to the role because of this. As such, a business could lose a potentially valuable employee, and this is where VR comes in. As VR can offer a 3D perspective of any real-life environment, it is possible that training can be carried out, even if the employee is sitting at their desk at home. Not only does this mean more people can be trained, but it also means less expense when it comes to hiring facilities in relation to training.
Introduce People to Your Business
How a person sees a business can dictate as to whether they want to be a part of it. Of course, your business has to operate in a way it sees fit, so it’s not always possible to please everyone. However, one of the costliest endeavours is a business employing someone and setting up a training regime, only to find that the candidate has since had second thoughts. The introduction of VR into the world of business means that more people can be introduced to the business first-hand, without them ever having to leave their home. This ensures that when a candidate shows an interest, they will already be aware of what kind of environment they will be working in.
Human Resources Can Find the Right People Sooner
Anyone who has ever worked in human resources will be able to testify as to how long-winded the whole process can be. Depending on the nature of the role, there can be a series of interviews conducted that can eat into a number of man hours.
However, the use of VR means that HR departments are able to simulate a face-to-face interaction with a candidate, which gives a better interpretation of their character than any phone call ever could. As such, the selection process can be a much easier endeavour, and be done within a quicker time frame.
Examples of Industries Using VR
Of course, we’ve only touched upon the very basics here, VR is fast becoming the go-to tool for a number of businesses, and the following is just a snapshot of some the industries using VR to its full advantage.
- Hospitals: Medical Training Simulation
- Archaeologists: Historical Walkthroughs
- Emergency Services: Paramedic Training
- Armed Forces: Combat Training
These aren’t the only ways in which VR is used, as it can also be applied to more informative tasks. For example, many people are keen to learn about the business they want to work for, and although a great deal of information can be found online, a VR video can potentially give a real sense of the atmosphere and business environment.
Job roles can also be explained in detail, offering the viewer an immersive experience that a simple job description just can’t do. This will allow them to experience the role first-hand.
The Overall Benefit of VR
While there are many benefits to using VR, its primary advantage is that it’s fun to use. Many platforms come and go, and although VR has had its struggles in the past, it is slowly becoming ingrained as part of everyday culture. Being able to step into another world while at home is often encouraging enough to get people working for your business. What’s more, the more companies adopt such an application will only find that they are saving money in the long run, while having a more valuable workforce.
This post is part of our contributor series. It is written and published independently of TNW.