1. It allows for practicing real-world scenarios.
Whether it’s walking machinists through shop-floor procedures or having oil-rig workers practice dangerous manoeuvres on offshore platforms, the key is to create a simulation that mimics real-life situations. From there, let them practice as much as possible. Practice, after all, makes perfect.
“In an interactive virtual environment, you can set up real-world scenarios that can drive home training in a way that an in-person classroom environment often can’t. This is especially useful when training employees on the use of specific equipment or machinery,” says Saagar Govil, CEO and chairman of Cemtrex, in his recent article for HR Daily Advisor. Cemtrex is an AR and VR technology company that focuses on driving innovation in a variety of sectors, including industrial manufacturing, digital applications, and intelligent security.
“Various scenarios can be played out safely and repeatedly for each trainee hundreds of times if necessary. VR and AR can offer safer training environments for industries such as manufacturing and oil and gas during a pandemic, but many businesses have found that’s far from the only benefit these modern technologies can provide.”
2. It promotes learning and retention.
For years, scientists have been studying why virtual reality promotes better learning and memory retention. Ultimately, it boils down to experience. If you read an article about the Eiffel Tower and then go visit it in person, what details do you think you’ll recall: the words on a page or the creak of the elevator as you ascend the structure?
VR is such an effective teacher because it replicates a real experience. Employees who undergo VR training get to visualise a 3D environment and perform actions in an immersive space. Compared with other learning applications, VR participants remember at least 10% more information. Best of all, you can run virtual simulations as often as necessary without fear of making a critical mistake. That judgement-free repetition breeds recall.
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3. It allows for better vetting of job candidates.
Résumés and interviews will eventually become outdated ways to evaluate job applicants with the emergence of VR. Multiple conversations about skills, desires, and competencies simply won’t be able to beat the opportunity of actually putting candidates to the test of a lifelike job simulation.
Imagine: Rather than speak endlessly about the duties of a job, employers will be able to put applicants through the paces of the position via virtual reality experiences. MGM Resorts is one organisation that’s already using this technology to vet job candidates, allowing them to try its hotel and casino jobs digitally. They get to see both good and bad elements of the role—perfect for helping to determine whether certain people are fits and cutting down on future attrition in the process.
Education is essential for gaining a competitive edge in your career. VR trainings give companies a chance to integrate that education into the corporate philosophy, presenting more opportunities for employees to move into new areas of the business. It’s a smart investment that can make every employee feel right at home.
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