How Virtual Reality will change business
Many businesses have been using Simulators for a lot of years now. Think of the aviation industry and we immediately understand the benefits of pilots being trained in simulators to initially learn how to manage the aircraft, but then to repeatedly be exposed to emergency situations. With Virtual Reality becoming available, how can your business add value and take advantage of this technology?
01 Attracting the right talent
By creating a virtual reality space, a company or organisation could engage and source people that may have thought they would not fit into your companies environment.
This could be interesting. Utilising game theory, certain behavioural traits could be explored via the use of a virtual environment. Take a sales staff for example, could you virtually place your sales person inside one of your shops, have them explore the environment and then describe to you what jobs and activities needed to be done.
03 Workplace inductions
Welcome to your new workplace – here we have lots of widgets that travel around, move and do things and as you are new, you nod your head to the well meaning presenter and agree pass the required quiz and move onto the workplace tour.
Except – you really have no idea what a widget is, how it may operating, and your nervous. Also, information overload is occurring and probably only the first and last sentence has actually registered in your brain.
Imagine though, that you get to sit down in a cubicle, take stock of your new environment, put on your Virtual Reality headset and enter the VR Induction. A quick computer generated tour of the workplace occurs and you get to playfully explore the layout, the equipment, get run over by a virtual forklift, and return safely to the front desk, having settled into the new environment virtually. Instead of a quiz, you re-enter the workplace, safely navigate the forklift, identify the toilets, and then correctly react to the emergency sirens, then calmly and safely follow the fire warden and present to the emergency meeting point and have your self accounted for. Efficient and effective training.
04 Safety and Field Leadership
We want to keep our people safe in the workplace. We want them to go home to their families at the end of each shift.
05 Job Function Training Modules
Every job for every organisation has particular risk factors. Being a corporate executive may not put you in a life or death situation, where-as a fitter or electrician may have to work on a piece of machinery that has stored energy. Just like a pilot that uses a simulator, virtual reality could be used to place the headset on the electrician, and let them assess the equipment, prepare to isolate the equipment, isolate it, and then ensure any stored energy is released. By combining traditional Standard Operating Procedures with ‘virtually isolating’ the machine, behaviour can be checked, ergonomic issues identified, and safe and efficient learning effected. All this whilst the actual equipment is in full production making money.
06 Operator Training
For operators, say a Train Driver, virtual reality is a way to efficiently train pre operational checks, normal operation scenarios and emergency situation training. From pre-operational checks, thought to various job functions and including lots of what-if scenario’s.
07 Incident and Accident Reviews
In the situation where an incident has occurred, virtual reality could be utilised in the review of the scenario. Take our electrician example above, but with the train driver. Take an everyday occurrence such as a door sensor failure and proceed to a scar where the electrician receives and electric shock when attending to the breakdown. Virtual Reality in this scenario could be applied by having the electrician and the incident investigation team entering the scenario virtually, and when describing the scenario pointing out virtually each and every action that occurred. By virtually exploring the scene, the likelyhood of misunderstanding could be reduced.
08 Community Engagement
By providing a virtual space, it is possible to provide the community with a high level of engagement that sometimes is not practical or possible. By placing the community in the space, they can get an insight into the topic. Often by breaking down peoples pre conceived ideas it is possible to open up the discussion.
This article has described 8 ways that your company could utilise Virtual Reality to improve your employee search, your on boarding and training, and your companies community engagement.
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